OK, so it’s a play on a religious term but given it’s Easter weekend I thought I’d be allowed the pun. The weather forecast was poor today so I decided that a day in the garden, where I could rush to shelter if needed would be good (in the end it was dry most of the day). There was a lot to do but after 11 hours I’d made good progress. The lawn was cut, the raised beds finished and installed, seeds sown either directly or to seed trays for both flowers and vegetables. There’s still a lot more to do, but a lot of the main work has now been sorted. The photo is of the pea netting installed in one of the new raised beds. One of the many tasks I got through.
So the title may be a little cryptic, but for someone of my generation they will recognise the line as from a television show called ‘The Herbs’. I was bought some additional window sill pots for Christmas and have decided to try (again) to grow a small indoor herb garden using them and some other herb pots that I had. If its successful then it’s a good addition to the grow your own that I do, and it will be nice to have genuinely fresh herbs for cooking with. The six I have are Mint, Coriander, Parsley, Oregano, Sage and Thyme.
Grabbed by a sense of adventure as I bought some more supplies for the remaining raised beds that I intend to build I have bought something new to try and grow. I’ve bought ginger before and I know it has health benefits so I thought I’d give it a go. From the instructions I don’t think it will be a problem and at the end of the day if it is then I haven’t wasted a fortune. On the reverse, if it works and I can save a bit of suitable tuber root each year, then I could have a new regular crop each year.
I have turned the raw materials (decking and a fence post) that I bought a while back into a replacement raised bed. I’m very happy with the result and while at close inspection it shows that it is home made, when it is sitting at the bottom of the garden, even from the mid level it will look as good as anything else that’s there. I’ve also added an internal lining of bin-bags to hopefully extend the lifetime of the wood and stop it rotting too quickly. There is the added bonus with some of the other raised beds starting to fall apart, it is good to know that I can produce a replacement at a reasonable price within a few hours.
Just because it’s been cold outside, preparation for the coming year in the vegetable garden continues. Part of that has been buying my potatoes for planting in a few weeks time. Buying now means I can chit them properly and plant them in a few weeks time as the weather will get back to it’s usual temperatures fairly quickly I imagine.
Having replaced 2 of the 3 rotting sleeper based raised beds that I have, I decided that I would have a go at building one myself as it would be cheaper. There are some quite cheap raised beds available to buy but the material isn’t always great, so I opted for cheaper than the ones I normally buy. I managed to achieve that with what I bought from the store. In the picture are 4 planks of decking which will be cut in half to provide double the height of one and thus a deeper bed, and a wooden fence post for securing the corners.
This is what has replaced the sleeper based raised bed. It’s roughly the same size (maybe a little bit smaller) in terms of content, but as can be seen, the border itself is not as wide. I will get some turf in a few weeks time to make the area look nicer. It has made me realise that if I wanted to, I could probably move the raised beds a little closer and fit another 3 in, but for the time being I’ll make do with the 12 that I have.