Posted: 21/01/2012 at 15:17
Hi Sal3, many thanks for the kind words.
I am afraid that when it comes to advice about veg growing, I am probably not really the best person to ask. I am new to veg growing, but my observations of what hinders others are that very often the bed size is too big to be manageable. To me a 4' wide bed is ample. It can just about be reached from both sides, which makes maintenance very much simpler, and avoids the need to trample on anything. Planting up too much of one variety at the same time also seems to be a common mistake. Last year I decided to just have a play with a couple of the beds, and simply mixed all the seeds up that I had left over from packets, and scattered them at weekly intervals over different sections of bed. Attack from insect and pigeons appeared to be less, and it lead to a far less regimented design. I'll probably do the same again this year.
I'm also only going to grow one type of potato this year. Organic Cosmos, which I can't speak highly enough of. They are good for boling, chip, roasting and salad. The taste is also superb.
Back onto my other projects to help make this garden a little different, here are a few more photos.
One of two fun bird nest boxes.
A contemporary bird bath. ( I have just given this to a charity fundraising evening)
Another feature log stack. This one isn't finished yet, as I still need to make some wooden bees to fix to it. Size wise, it is approx 7' in diameter and the same in height.
Note that the wood gets smaller and smaller as the structure rises.
A closer look at the circle spiral. This was about one weeks work!
Also a bird bath which gave me the idea for the project above.
More to follow.