Change is a-foot at mtp. First, the bad news – I’ve given up my allotment (I know! I spent a week in mourning). But the good news is that I’m pregnant and have decided that growing vegetables in my own back garden will be much easier – at least for the next few years. Fortunately, my garden is pretty big and I have asked a local garden designer (Katherine Roper) to redesign it so that I can get the most out of it vis-a-vis vegetables, fruit and cut flowers. This is the plan that Katherine has come up with. I’m very excited about seeing it come to life.
Down the left hand side of the garden is a 10 foot high garden wall – perfect for training Apple and Peach trees. I will also have two Blueberry bushes in pots at the top of the garden, a Cranberry bush (hopefully) some Pear cordons and a Tayberry bush. I’m planning to have a row of Autumn Raspberries, one Blackcurrant bush and two Redcurrant bushes. Plus the obligatory Strawberry patch. So I think I have the fruit covered.
In the beds will be salad crops, potatoes, onions, garlic, peas, beans, sweetcorn, and pumpkins. All the stuff we like to eat. That leaves some space for cut flowers. These will be Peonies, Asters, Gladioli, Cornflower, Calendula, Tulips and a Rose arch. I have to decide what I want to grow in front of the Apple and Peach trees. We have Iris on the plan but I’m not sure I like Iris enough to have a whole bank of them!
The brown block at the top of the design will become a coldframe and there will be various evergreen plants, box bushes and shrubs dotted around to ensure the garden doesn’t look like a battlefield in winter. And that’s it – all we need to survive a minor world crisis.
So the next step is to create the final plans and get in the landscapers. More pics coming soon!