I’ve been working hard this weekend on the 5 raised vegetable beds that I previously wrote about in the middle of April.
Again, my lovely mum has been sewing seeds and then passing the seedlings onto to me to plant. This weekend I have been busy plating these little plants in the hope of yet another bumper crop during the summer months.
First up, I planted a whole raised-bed full of sweetcorn. These are all a firm favourite in our house, easy to grow and if we get a surplus, they are super simple to freeze.
The next bed has climbing beans (not runner beans) more like a French type bean. I ran out of long bamboo canes and the few shops I popped into appeared to have sold out so I made a rudimentary frame out of bamboo I had left over and up-cycled some branches from the woodland area near our home. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out – hopefully it’ll withstand any wind! The rest of the bed has a couple of lettuce plants (which I usually grow for the chickens to munch on) and spring onions. The spring onions were a seed purchase which I sewed straight into to ground.
The next bed up still has onions and rhubarb, which are all doing very well. The first batch of Rhubarb is ready to pick so it looks like crumble is on the menu later this week!
Moving on to the next raised-bed, I have planted some courgettes which from previous’ years experience are immensely easy to grow and there is always more courgettes than you know what to do with (again, this is where the chickens come in handy!).
Finally the top bed has (another!) home-made, up-cycled frame for the cucumbers. We have always done amazingly well with cucumbers in this little garden of ours as we have quite a sun trap when the sun is out. The rest of this bed has leeks and a row of garlic (for which I simply purchased an organic garlic clove from the supermarket, split it and planted each individual clove – I just love experimenting!).
And if that wasn’t enough, I also have two hanging baskets with trailing cherry tomatoes – they were a great success last year.
Finally, I ordered some sunflower seeds from Amazon and popped them in the backs of the raised beds next to the fence just to see what would happen – they are not strictly a vegetable but they look so pretty and certainly attract the bees and other flying insects.