|The extension to the potager had a problem - a blackbird that kept uprooting all the plants! Now solved - the raised bed is now backed with flower pots which will be shortly filled with spring flowering bulbs. The herb patch has been augmented with herbs that will self-seed, thus extending the intended natural look. (Note the spring greens and autumn lettuce in the raised potager bed - just one corner of it shows.|
|Victoria plums from the orchard I planted in 1970|
Borlotto beans have been left to dry on the vine, ready to shell and keep for winter-warming soups and stews. They look so cheerful, I can never resist growing them for the colour alone. Next year, maybe, I think I must plan my potager on colour and not just taste. Plant a rainbow; which these days, with so many varieties available, is perfectly possible. I've just planted out the veg plants that arrived as plug plants a while back – winter and spring greens - and interspersed these with lettuce that will keep us in salads for quite a while yet.
|The 'Heritage' coop and run awaiting my new hens - the cockerel and hen shown here were borrowed from my grandson as the coop looked a bit empty without any inhabitamts.|
|Weeds or a feast for wild birds?|
Teasels were once used commercially;
let them self-seed; bees and goldfinches
love them. Remove those
you don't want.
In our September newsletter (coming shortly), we will be focussing on the handyman in the garden - and blogging live on the 'edible gardens' from the RHS Malvern Autumn Show:
24th & 25th September.