Newborn gardens - aren't they beautiful?

We've started our gardening! I thought it'd take us a couple of afternoons to clear these areas, the one by the oil tank was full of bricks and old buried wood but it only took about 2 hours. The soil has quite alot of clay in it so we just need to get down to the lough for some sand and down to the stables for some old manure and we'll be flying :)

The grass was always very patchy along here but it does get good sun so
we thought it'd be a great place to train up the peas :) Its gonna be a
raised bed when we get some wood for an edge piece.

This patch doesn't get great sun but we're gonna try it for broccoli cabbage and spuds.
Also we're gonna take down the fence to let in maximum light, we'll just put it back when we leave.

When your in there you see its a really good size space :)
Not sure what this big concrete slab is but it makes a handy place to stand!

Its so satisfying to see muddy shoes at the back door - I love it!

Our main grow plan this year is millions of peas :) Carrots, onions, lots of different lettuce types, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, spuds, a variety of herbs, courgettes, tomatoes, beetroot, strawberries, and obviously the ninja's chillies!

We have access to free broad beans at peak season so we'll be gorging on them and doing lots of foraging too! 2012 is gonna be a good food year :)


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    1. Thanks, I can't wait to get a few things planted in, right now they're all still on the bathroom windowsill, coming on nicely though :)

  2. OH! Congratulations!!! It's so very exciting to begin a garden!!!

    BTW-You are one of my five 2012 Pay It Forward participants! Just email me at trinityvision3(at)gmail(dot)com with your address. Also, if there are any colors you absolutely do not like, include those in the email as well :-) Happy paying it forward!!!

    1. Hey Bee Girl, Thanks, I've been quite inspired by what your family's done with such a small space, you can still do so much .

      Im really excited to be doing the Pay it forward thing! Its a great idea and I have my post nearly done - i hope 5 people comment!! Ill be emailing you soon :)

  3. Brilliant Astra - now the growing fun begins.

    Be warned - it's addictive...

    1. I know! I've been having withdrawal symptoms lol I've really been amazed at how quickly your garden had flourished, you'll be amazed at how slow mine grows haha climate makes a big difference!

  4. Can't wait to see what happens next.

    1. Thanks elaine, I'll be updating lots - I'm really excited to see how much we can get out of these spaces :)

  5. Instead of wood for the raised bed sides could you not use the bricks you removed?

    Gardening your own produce is so satisfying. If I'd known how easy and fun it was I would have done it years ago. It's the pre that's the hardest.

  6. Hi Frugal down under :) yes we did think about that but there were not enough of them and they were nearly all broken...

    your right about the prep, once thats done the rest is easy peasy!


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