Thursday, 13 May 2010
In this picture, my garden looks quite big and by the standard of most city gardens, it's huge, but compared to a lot of rural gardens, I'd call it modest.
I'm going to experiment with what I can grow here in a plot roughly the size that I used to have in my city garden. The reason for this is time. To fit everything in that I enjoy doing alongside everything that I must is becoming such a juggling act, so I've set myself a challenge. It is this. Can I live simply while working, either at the school, with my art or training the ponies? Of course I can, but it all takes a bit of thought and planning. There are a lot of bloggers with incredibly productive gardens of modest size who are worth checking out. Leanne of Somerset Seasons and Gretel from Middle of Nowhere are just two who cram a huge amount in to a smallish space.
That's not my aim though, not just to dig up my lawn for potatoes. No, I want to create a relaxing haven in my garden while growing a few delicious crops. At the same time, I'm going to explore all options from buying local to organic foods, the best use of local markets and how to get the best deals from your local greengrocer.
I want to live simply and ethically.
My raised bed is quite small, but in previous years has yeilded quite an impressive amount of food. At the moment it has some spinach that is very slowly putting in an appearance.
I did use to keep chickens here, and this is a picture of my original four. The two new girls however, were such a couple of hooligans that nothing in the garden was safe. As their run was collapsing with age, we decided to move the whole operation out to the field. It was lovely having them around though :)
Recently I bought one of those awful plastic greenhouses. It's pretty ugly and we've taken to calling it the incident tent as it reminds me of those structures that go up around crime scenes! However, it's gorgeously warm inside and I think it's the only way I'm going to get any tomatoes this year. I can't afford a proper poly tunnel and at the moment we haven't the space for one, so this seems like a good compromise.
It's all planted up inside, and there are even a few little shoots beginning to appear.
I actually enjoy standing in this tiny space, planning, planning!
So that's it for now, I've left it late for much of my planting, but there's still time to catch up, I think!
Posted by Yarrow at Thursday, May 13, 2010