Thursday, 27 June 2013

Garden Developments June 2013

Following on from the deluge of 2012 we have drained the main path in the kitchen garden, raised the growing beds and as a result the crops this year look very healthy indeed.
During 2012 we finished planting the 60 trees in the Jubilee Plantation for HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and we are now doing further work around the pond and with other dominant plantings in that area.
In the main garden the Shade Garden behind the garage/potting shed is now fully planted with plants gradually establishing and the Mediterranean Border is taking shape with colourful new additions.
At the far end of the orchard a new Gabriel Ash plant house has been erected which really blends into its surroundings perfectly. This is heated and during this spring has provided welcome extra capacity for the raising of young vegetable and flowering plants. It has been fitted out with ‘Two Wests and Elliott’ commercial metal staging plus a good-sized propagator. Under the floor we have excavated a large pit which will act as a heat-store by day and at night the cooler night-time air will be pumped through it, emerging warmer to benefit overnight temperatures. We have two bio electric fan heaters to act as a back-up during colder spells.

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