I think it is fair to say that before the outbreak of Covid-19, I didn’t really have any plans for my vegetable patch. I was simply going to just carry on from where I left off last year and plant a variety of things and see which grew.
As soon as the virus hit though and the food shortages happened, I definitely changed my outlook.
Now there are some amazing garden bloggers out there-Lavender and Leeks is one of them who not only have green fingers but can also draw beautiful plans on graph paper which is also to scale.
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The allotment plans for 2020 are now over on the blog! This will be the first year on our new allotment and I'm so excited to see what the year brings. There's double the space which means more growing of what we love and a lot more flowers too (which makes me so happy!) There will also be a brand new updated pond and wildlife area, a seating area surrounded by a flower border and a raised bed for my little nephew to start his gardening journey #allotment #allotmentplan #gardenplan #growyourown #homegrown #garden #gardener #gardenersofinstagram #myhaven #myhappyplace #growwhatyoulove #organicgardening #digforvictory #kitchengarden
Even if I managed the scale bit, the drawing would, most likely look like something my children had done so, I made a date with my husband. Obviously not that kind of date with lockdown but I got him to meet me at the vegetable patch with a snorkel lift so I could take a photo from above.
If you follow me on social media, you will have seen how I chickened out of this and didn’t get as high as I had previously planned but I think it is a good alternative to beautiful drawings.
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•Going Up in the World• So this weekend, I had the brilliant idea that I should go up in the snorkel lift and take a photo of my veg patch from above. Unfortunately I got a bit frightened up there so this is as high as I got. The main things I've learnt is I really do not like heights, my garden could do with a tidy up (much like my house) and I should've just sent the farmer up with my phone
So this was the idea behind the scaling of dizzy heights-my veg patch plan.
There will be changes. I have already planted more salad in an old tyre next to the cold frame (bottom left of the photo). The potting bench will be going in the greenhouse so I am thinking of another raised bed along the back fence but I am refraining from doing anything about that until the greenhouse is erected as I am not sure how close to the fence it will go. I imagine a person sized gap all the way around may be in order should any wayward child or animal decide to get stuck there.
My cold frame has actually seen better days. I did put it back together but I could’t find screws small enough to keep the roof hinges in place and, with this new make do and mend philosophy, the Frozen cereal bowl works as a weight so the roof doesn’t blow off and doubles up as a bowl for the dogs if they come to help my in the garden (it’s thirsty work).
My biggest personal achievement is the bean canes I cobbled together and tied with string and are balanced against two sides of an old rabbit run. I am very pleased with myself about this and you won’t see any imperfections when there are little bean fingers covering the canes.
The play area is a bone of contention. This was originally meant for brassicas but the schools closed and, in order to try and get the children into gardening/allow me to garden, the raised bed was selflessly donated and they have had hours of fun in there so I can’t complain.
I’ve got herbs planted and other exciting seeds like sweetcorn, watermelon and sunflowers.
In hindsight, maybe I should have used the flower bed for the brassicas. Somehow flowers seem a but frivolous in these times but they are so beautiful, so I thought we could all do with some cheer from the petal variety.
I have tomatoes growing inside alongside chillis and other things that will eventually go out when it warms up again.
I highly doubt my greenhouse will be delivered let alone put up in time for this year’s tomatoes but if it is, then that is a bonus that I didn’t expect.
So from having no plans at there beginning of March, my little veg patch is not doing too badly.
I just wish I had known about the impending lockdown sooner and I would have definitely bought more pots, compost and seeds.
As it is, I have had to think imaginatively and anything which could remotely be used as a planter has been swiped and filled with whatever organic matter I could find. I even found the part of the muck heap with the most rotten manure.
Now, going back to the Frozen bowl, Let it Grow.