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By csarina


I think I wrote a while back about the walled garden we had been gifted through HFW’s Landshare scheme.

We have been working on the garden for two months , progress is slow, there is a lot to clear but we have started harvesting from what was already planted before we took over, plus we have brough several of the single deep beds into use.

We cut calebrese this week for the first time, cabbage and cauli’s are growing well and not suffering too badly from the cabbage butterfly although for another year we need to get pond netting to keep them out. The net we have over they seem to be able to get through.

The fruit cage is in the process of being re-roofed, the birds I think are so used to not being able to get in they have left the raspberries alone. So far I have made 12 lbs of jam and have some in the freezer, we have also had fresh rasps for dessert. There is still quilt a lot of fruit to come.

The victoria plum trees have not done so well due to the bank of fir trees that were in front of them, the fir trees have now gone and we can see the plum trees need quite a bit of work doing on them.

The apples and pears will soon be ready and I have had rhubarb and figs.

Potatos have been dug, the Anya appear to be reverting to pink fir apple, so we are buying new seed for next year. I have also dug a couple of rows of Dunbar reds. I need to save seed from them for next year.

Carrots lettuce, spring onions and tomatos from the poly tunnel also two fennel which are delicious roasted in the oven with other veg. The courgette has done quite well too. We have sweet corn in the poly tunnel which should be ready later this month.

I have one bed planted with beetroot and we have had quite a bit from the beet that was in the garden when we took it over. Onions too are loosened and drying off. I may move them into the slatted shelves in the greenhouse shortly.

I have also planted up strawberries for next summer and started to root some of the runners for more plants.

When we first took the garden over we were going twice a week, taking lunch with us. We have dropped down to once a week just now.

We are now working on getting the cold frames cleared, shovelling moss off the paths and sorting out the very overgrown red currant bushes at the end of the garden near the house.

Looking forward to next year when we will hopefully have the garden in full production.

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I was hoping you had some photographs csarina. It is always great to see the progress you've made.

27 Aug, 2011


Linda, there are photographs on the garden pictures I took when we took over the garden and then once we had cleared most of the weeds and rubbish. We have had to resort to using weed killer, they were growing back as fast was we were pulling tham out.

About to start spreading compost for the worms to take down over the winter.

27 Aug, 2011


Sounds as though you have done really well Csarina and must both be pleased with yourselves, you sure fell on your feet getting that plot and all that goes with it....

27 Aug, 2011


Just had a look at your photos Csarina..... what a wonderful walled garden!! I know it is a lot of work but heh! it will be great once you have it under control.

28 Aug, 2011

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