I did a lot of unplanned gardening last year and consequently had a very “squashed” season of flowers and vegetables. I’m not going to get caught out this year and am close to finalising my plans for 2020.
When we were first married, almost 50 years ago, and shortly afterwards bought our first house, we had a large corner plot with a big side and front garden but a small garden at the back. I turned the front over to lawn, a tree and shrubs as an area for the new infants to play, and the rest was all for “produce”. Vegetables, soft fruits and a greenhouse soon took over every inch of space (remember feet and inches?) and we even had two chest style deep freezers in the garage, one for meat and fish bought in bulk, the other for prepared and bagged fruit and veg. ! Remember the TV programme The Good Life? We got really close to self sufficiency in fruit and veg as we also found wild damson trees and blackberries to add to the freezer.
Nowadays we have less space, no lawn, only gravelled Zen-style large circular areas surrounded by borders for ……… anything I like. But I also added raised wooden beds on some of the gravel last year, plus a greenhouse. Now I’m ahead of the game, seeds all bought, equipment cleaned, just a few odds and ends to buy before I start sowing in heated propagators. Here’s the rough plan:
Equipment: I’ve convinced myself that I need a cold frame, something sturdy and made from wood rather than an aluminium metal monstrosity. So here it is:
Planning has been completed with a full written schedule of when to sow each batch of seeds and whether indoors in my propagator or direct into soil outdoors. I’m just waiting for my strawberry plants and onion sets to arrive from Thompson & Morgan and we’re off! How is your planning going?