The other week saw us busy inside our fruit cage digging in gravel, ericaceous compost and moving the odd plant around. We wanted to make space for a strawberry bench.
In reality the best plan would be to move the door
from the end left to the end right, that way we wouldn't be trying to
squeeze around said bench. Ah well, can't have everything.
DB and I still have to
design and build the base part and as we have 4 x 1 metre troughs (for a 4 year rotation from babies to mature 3 year old plants, it needs to somehow accommodate those, gradually sloping backwards and upwards from the front.
plants live well for 5 – 6 years, they are at their best in years
2, 3 and sometimes 4. The troughs will physically be moved up the stand rather than
digging out and replanting each plant. At the end of the 4 year rotation, the old strawberries will be disposed of, including their soil and that trough moved down to the front.
Anyway, sorry to
say, no pictures yet but thought I'd let you know about ours plans.
However, I do have some pictures of the daffodils that were removed
from the cage and put temporarily into pots to flower this Spring.
For those who can't quite visualise our raised vegetable beds, we have 3 of these measuring 1m x 1m x 3/4m. They have adjustable and removable net covers.
Finally, we have one of these raised beds on legs measuring roughly 1m x 3/3m x 0.3m. It has had two overlapping perspex lids on it to warm and dry the soil. Now it is warm and dry enough, I have sown my first row of peas and broad beans.
These perspex lids normally sit on the other beds when trying to warm up the soil or overwinter any crops. All the net and perspex tops store around the back of the garage when not in use.
In the conservatory I have also sown some beetroot, lettuce cress, corncockle, tall white aqualegia and red rudbeckia. In a couple of weeks, I shall start of my tomatoes and tomatillo plants.