This year, I’ve had to cut my Kitchen Garden back to just the small garden. This is the one area of the garden that is fenced off. The dogs are barred from entering, as they tend to use it for digging practise. They are attempting to win the World Record for the deepest hole dug in five minutes. Believe me, they stand a good chance.
It’s also away from the deer and rabbits that just like to munch on the young shoots. I have put up deer defences to avoid last sumer’s teeth grinding (mine, not theirs), where they devoured all the young apples from one tree.
The down side is that the small garden is smaller. There is less space. I’ve had to get crafty. The two raised beds have been planted to maximise the space. Pumpkins and squash grow among the sweetcorn. Their leaves minimizing the moisture loss. They are all thriving.
The other raised bed has peas, potatoes and herbs growing in it. I’ve added another raised bed to this one and it’s waiting for seedlings to be added.
The answer is to use the height, where I can. I’ve converted a strawberry planter to take salad instead. Two grow bags to grow lettuce, sponions, radishes and more herbs. The seeds were sown directly into the grow bags and then covered with a propogator lid.
I’ve noticed I have far less slug and beetle damage and the crop is bigger than previous years. Also the pigeons seem to be ignoring it. Win-win!
There are still a few useful areas that I’ve not used in the small garden. I’m impressed at how much I can fit in this space.
Just on the other side of the fence is my fig tree. Loaded with lots of fruit. The black birds and I are keeping beady eyes out for the first fruit that dares to ripen. Then it will be shoes off as I race to get there first. I have literally tugged a fig out of a black bird’s beak before now, although in my defence, I didn’t see the bird. Thought the fig was still attached to the tree.
Everything is so green and lush in my reduced Kitchen Garden. Less than previous years, but with the help of the greenhouse, we should have salad all summer. I still have the fruit areas. So puddings are sorted.
Hopefully next year, I’ll be fit enough to reclaim my bigger kitchen garden. I miss seeing the children disappear into the sweetcorn, or find them reading in their bean houses. I’m sure I’ll miss the winter veg too, but I am impressed on how much I can fit into a small area. A lesson worth learning this year.
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