In an area which doesn’t feature very often on this blog, are our fruit and vegetables. Even though this is in the highest part of the garden, before we changed it, it was also one of the wettest areas apart from where we have made the bog garden. This view is from right at the top, looking back to the pergola which leads back to the garden.
We soon realised that any root vegetables would just rot, therefore the under gardener had the job of making some raised beds before we could start.
At the left hand side we increased the fence height and as directed by an expert at Skilled Fencing, we added more slats to filter the wind.
The other side is where we have the new huge house built right by the hedge on top of the Devon bank. Thankfully in the summer they can’t see in, we now know how tall to keep the hedge so that we still have privacy.
Looking up to the very top of the garden. The garden comes to a point here, so this area is triangular in shape. It was a question of how many beds we could fit into the shape and still have room for a wheelbarrow to pass through.
Under the netting we have one green Gooseberry bush
and we have one Red Gooseberry bush. Lovely cooked with ginger as a crumble or as a Gooseberry Fool.
Also four bushes of Blackcurrants,
and one bush of red currants.
In the taller raised bed by the fence are Minarette fruit trees. At the moment we have a few pears, but I can’t see any Damsons, Plums, Eating apples or Greengage yet. I have a feeling that earlier in the year when the blossom was out, it was a cold spell and there weren’t many bees. I think I will have to pollinate them in future.
One bed is for sweetcorn which is growing nicely.
Another is for Courgettes which are doing very well indeed, we are just about keeping up with them and yes, there are some flowers here!
Runner beans are scrambling up their support and we should get a good crop from them, but in the foreground are some dwarf French Beans that have been got at!
Something has had a good nibble and eaten most of the leaves. I should have given them better support and also given them the same collars that the runner beans and sweetcorn have. The collars are made from cut down lemonade bottles with copper tape around them and they do seem to work, keeping the slugs and snails away, I’ll know for next time!
However, in spite of the problems, we do actually have some tiny French Beans, one for him and one for me maybe!
Another bed is for Broad beans which we have been enjoying for a while now and there seem to be lots more to come.
In another bed we have three crowns of Rhubarb which we have been enjoying for quite some time now, I think I will be able to keep pulling it for a little while longer.
The fruit is almost ready to pick and freeze and the veggies will keep us going for quite some time. The courgettes we ate tonight had so much more flavour than shop bought ones, eating home grown is so much nicer, don’t you think?