Front garden. Productive area of the garden. Road runs past it. And, possibly, the HS2 high speed rail in a few years’ time.. So not a place to sit quietly and peacefully – except on Sundays or in between the school and office run times.
I am slightly obsessed by symmetry and balance (you are reading the blog of somebody who can’t sleep unless all the cushions in the living room are upright and whose nephews – jokingly I think – give themselves centre partings before they step foot in our house!) so I have 3 vegetable beds which are kind of balanced if you stand looking at the garden from the front of the house porch.
I then made a round fruit bed, in an area which once upon a time had one of those tall grasses with plumes growing in it which I hated so I dug it up, gave it stacks of manure and made it into an area for fruit.
My veg rotation and what I like to grow is all planned and, if all the planting succeeds, I am fairly confident in producing vegetables for the recipes. Supplemented by a veg box scheme.
Some things even survived the winter!
This year, I turned my thoughts to bigger fruit – principally apples and plums. So I purchased 3 apple trees and a fruit tree from Victoriana Nurseries and planted them (or rather my husband did – naturally I supported…) around the veggie beds. But in a carefully balanced manner – to give some structure to the garden. We shall see if that works out how I imagined it might when I decided on where to place them!
So, recipes ready, seeds and seedlings on the go. Trees in. So far so good.