We decided to walk down the hill rather than take the tractor ride. My husband's boot laces got tangled up and he ended up flat on the ground with badly cut hands. The River Cottage staff came to our rescue, and patched him up with about 5 plasters! Despite the bad start we had a wonderful day and came away with some good ideas.
I loved these hazel archways created for the peas.
- Three of the most important things to have successful crops are good soil, crop rotation and good planning.
- The garden methods used in Victorian times are still the best way of doing things.
- Grow two crops from one plant - white emergo runner beans will produce runner beans and then later in the season you can dry the beans and store for the winter.
- Growing perennial vegetable crops can save time and effort, examples include globe artichokes, walking onions, sea kale, and perennial broccoli.
- Plan your garden using a internet vegetable gardening planner.
- String the tape from old video tapes over the vegetables to keep the birds away.
- Fill up an old wooden box with strawberry plants.
- Use the green house over the winter to grow salads, chard and herbs.
Are you doing anything different in your garden this year?
Images of some of the ideas -Currant bushes grown as standards, perennial sea kale, a box of strawberries.
We also were given a very tasty lunch full of vegetables - it was so yummy and fresh. Has anyone ever tried badger bean (also known as maple peas) they are produced by Hodmedod who are trying to encourage farmers to grow more peas and beans and also get us to eat more of these crops. Some of these crops would have been so familiar to our ancestors. The team from The Lost Gardens of Heligan gave a very informative talk it's amazing that this year they will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary.
A winter crop of salads, thyme, rainbow chard and purple flowered broad beans grown in the poly tunnel.
We are back at River Cottage in about a month's time for a concert. It will be good to visit their garden again and see how all these plants have developed and also see the lambs again, this one was certainly enjoying the sunshine!
Wishing you a good weekend. Thank you for visiting me and taking time to leave me comments, I appreciate them so much..