It’s Mid May and I’ve been planting the seedlings (kindly started by seed from my mother) into our 5 raised beds.
Built just over 5 years ago, we quickly increased from 3 to 5 and last year added gravel walkways between them. The beds have been providing the Mayne household with some super delicious and fresh veg each summer. The beds are raised, but due to the nature of our garden are tiered to make full use of the slope.
View from top to bottom:
View from bottom to top:
This year I have onions, courgettes, cucumbers, leeks, french beans, sweetcorn, butternut squash and sunflowers (because they look awesome!) I also have a couple of raspberry canes, a tayberry, a blueberry, a rhubarb plant and cherry tomatoes in two hanging baskets. Most of these I’ve grown with success each year – any surplus usually goes to friends, family or neighbours or the chickens! Butternut squash is new for us this year and the blueberry plant, although planted last year, will be the first year of a harvest (I hope!)
I also have a rudimentary herb garden on the end of the top raised bed which contains chives, rosemary, thyme and parsley. This year I have created an extra herb garden on the end of the 2nd raised bed. So far I have planted sage, oregano and dill. I have planted some coriander in bio-degradable pots which I will transplant later once they’ve started to shoot.
Come back later in the season to see how the garden is progressing.