A New Patch

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Over the years we have had various veggie gardens. Our first was detached from the main house garden and then we extended the house garden to include the veggies. After that we extended out again and into raised beds. For years this was successful and then suddenly, it wasn’t. Thirsty nearby trees invaded, making the soil rock hard and difficult to work with.

Apart from a handful of herbs I haven’t grown much food for a year or two. But, in that time we have made modifications to our main house garden and lawn area so perhaps these things are meant to go in cycles. I have missed my vegetables though. I have missed the creativity and daily growth that only vegetables can provide.

So, here is our new patch. Hopefully this will be a long term part of our lives. At the moment it is looking very new and shiny and quite empty but that won’t be for long. Terry has lovingly built this massive enclosed structure using his engineering skills and never ending practicality. He has made everything, including the beautiful wooden door.

The best part about our new patch is that we have all contributed to creating this space.  During the more serious time of lock down and home schooling Annabelle and George painted this enormous mural on one wall.  This artwork will always remind me of them, and this particular moment in time.

The old concrete laundry trough was part of our property long before we arrived and I am pleased to get it out and give it a new life. I dream of the day that I can rinse my harvest off in the generous sinks.

In the building process I held the tape measure, smoothed a little concrete, held wire, moved ladders and offered the occasional cold beer to the builder. Now my time has come to get planting and add the finishing touches.

For those who are interested in the details, I have already added a lot of old hay and horse manure to the soil and will continue to do so. We haven’t put in any drip irrigation systems yet but we will prior to summer. I am planting everything directly into the soil with no raised beds at this stage. I feel that it is simpler to improve the soil we have, without the extra work of building and filling raised beds.

I am very grateful to have this space and I look forward to sharing more with you as I embrace veggie gardening once again.

Happy Friday, friends x

18 Comments

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    Reannon

    May 22, 2020

    Jane, what an amazing garden space!!!! And that mural is something special. How exciting to have a blank space just waiting to be filled. Enjoy!

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Thank you Reannon, it is a peaceful, sheltered place that I am enjoying spending time in. x

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    Kate B

    May 22, 2020

    What a great spot Jane and the creative input from everyone makes it very special. Can’t wait to see the fruits (& veg) of your labours xx

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Thanks Kate…I hope you guys are well and staying warm x

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    Francesca

    May 22, 2020

    Hi Jane, this looks impressive , with tall walls to keep out invaders and a bit of wind protection too. The biggest difficulty most veggie gardeners face is competition from tree roots. Great plan to build up the beds organically as you go. Love that old stone trough.

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Thanks Francesca, it is beautifully sheltered and protected. Trees are necessary but can also make gardening tricky I have found. I have had my eye on this trough for years, it is nice to put it into use.

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    Annie Bartholomaeus

    May 22, 2020

    HI Jane…oh that is so amazing! I have such a small back yard so really only have herbs and 3 mini fruit trees. I am just about to shift a few large troughs from the front to the sunny back for some green veg. Winter is so much more appealing for such endeavours!! Come summer and the heat we all get a bit jaded….Have fun!! You have all created a magic space to be creative x

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Thank you Annie! x

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    Carla

    May 22, 2020

    I LOVE IT!

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Thank you Carla.

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    Henriette Wehrli

    May 22, 2020

    I love your posts! Happy Friday from Switzerland

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Thank you so much!

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    Anne

    May 22, 2020

    So promising! I love the mural and the fact that the whole garden might be a reflection of these slightly uncertain times as we move forward with new hopes and plans. Happy Gardening. Anne x

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Thank you Anne. It is a wonderful space that I am already enjoying. Gardens are all about hope, plans and promise aren’t they? Not necessarily instant results! I hope you are well x

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    Joanne V.

    May 23, 2020

    What a great new garden area. Am moving to raised beds in boxes, 2.5 m long x 0.9 m x 0.75 m high and 0.45m deep. It has been a combined effort of neighbours for neighbours. The men have built 4 already and another 2 when the cedar arrives next week from the sawmill. I can’t wait to fill my two!
    We are on sand here and initially we dug trenches and made them impervious using landscaping fabric over cardboard in layers. Then we planted small berry fruits. It has worked well but in the veg. area the sand eventually absorbs all the soil. Being high off the ground I should now be able to extend the season as the snow will melt off it first.

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Happy gardening! Thank you for calling in.

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    Kate

    May 23, 2020

    The potential of a new patch is a glorious thing, isn’t it?

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      Jane S

      May 24, 2020

      Yes, potential and promise rather than instant results! Thanks Kate x

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