:: My garden diary ::
This past week in the garden we have been building a new garden bed. I've bought all my seeds now for this coming season and I have grand plans as you know, but we need more room! My strawberries are kind of taking over my vege garden now so I decided it was time to move them to a new home, under the fruit trees.
We laid scrap paper and cardboard over the lawn and topped with compost and mulch. (Isla got sidetracked browsing women's clothing catalogues).
We picked up a trailer load of mulch from a nearby stable, a lovely mixture of sawdust, hay and horse manure which has been just fantastic, we've covered most of the garden in it and will be going back for more.
We've also planted one lot of peas along the fence now, and will be planting more every few weeks, I'm hoping to be able to have enough to freeze some for later eating. The fruit trees, an apple and a nashi pear will be espaliered along the fence. My job for this coming week is to get some wires attached to the fence to shape my trees onto, and then these wires will be used also to support the peas.
We will also be planting borage and nasturiums in this bed as companion plants, (borage for the strawberries, nasturtium for the trees) and I must collect some pine needles from the park next door to mulch around the strawberries, they seem to love them and apparently it improves their flavour.