How does my garden grow?

I have noticed that my garden has not been mentioned for quite a long time! Not because it hasn’t taken up much time but because it has looked rather unkempt and nothing dramatic has been happening. However just before the rain came I took some pictures to share with you all along with an update.

2 years ago I grew 3 dahlia plants to see if they grew OK here and if I could keep them overwinter. By bringing the pots into the south facing lean-to greenhouse that adjoins the living room and wrapping the pots in bubble wrap they survived so this year I bought more. Unsure which flower types I would prefer I bought a ‘collection’ of each. There were no labels to say which tuber was which colour so they went into the pots randomly and placed out ditto. They have thrived and although some of the colour combinations are not great they look pretty and colourful. I will try to find a way to label each tuber so I can do more artistic arrangements next year.

The roses have done well too. Most are either over or have got badly scorched in the heat but this one on the West facing end of the shed on the veg patch has bloomed consistently for months. I actually know the variety – danse du feu!

Without a heated propagation space my tomatoes and cucurbits have been slow but at last there are tomatoes formiing and I am just beginning to pick cucumber and courgette

I have picked over 7kg of blackcurrants and made jam, vinegar and bottled them. There is about 1 kg of raspberries in the freezer on top of those I ate. Rhubarb did well too and I could still pick more if I chose. The grape vines are heavy with fruit and even the apple trees, whoch have not produced for several years have some forming. Apricots formed but dropped off whilst still very small – a late frost combined with a broken door on the greenhouse? But the Peach will give us fruit.

I have been able to keep myself in salad leaves for months by using a mixture of foraged and grown. But now there are also sugar snap and maincrop peas and dwarf french beans.

I bought 3 types of carrot seed and Laura planted some of each in a big tub in the greenhouse so we could see which did best. The biggest are almost ready.

In addition to our efforts Nature has helped by self seeding. A large patch of parsley materialised and 3 beds have had a generous crop of volunteer poatoes! Way back I grew some purple skinned ones and discovered the hard way how difficult it is to see them against the soil. The tiny ones particularly escape me and grow again!

So there it is. Untidy, disorganised but generously productive.

Sadly the raised beds are beginning to rot so over the next few years I will need to gradually remove them. They were built for a 6 foot tall man and on the assumption that he and I would work on them for half the week. I am finding it hard to reach the middle of the bed and my energy is not as great as it was then. Even with Laura helping me 2 days a week it is hard to keep on top of things so I will redesign the plot so that it works better for me.

24 thoughts on “How does my garden grow?

  1. Anne July 25, 2022 / 2:38 pm

    From your description, I think I would enjoy spending a little time in your garden!

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 26, 2022 / 4:19 pm

      If you lived nearer I would love to show you round. Despite the weeds people love its greenness and calm atmosphere and it feeds me reasonably well.

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  2. nanacathy2 July 26, 2022 / 7:29 am

    Oh my what wonderful food you have grown. Good luck with redesigning things to suit you, I recognise that particular issue.

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 26, 2022 / 4:21 pm

      I knew that would strike a chord with you! Until now it has been less than ideal but OK enough not to get to the top of the list and destroying the raised beds we worked so hard to build seemed a bit daft. This afternoon I went to clear one and it literally fell apart. Others are still quite sturdy so I will remove the rotten ones and do the new design bit by bit but at least I have a picture of it in my head.

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  3. Laurie Graves July 26, 2022 / 11:44 pm

    What a lot of triumphs! Wish I could visit you and your gardens and afterwards have a chat and a cold drink at that sweet little table by the dahlias. Love all that you do!

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 28, 2022 / 8:45 am

      I wish you could too.

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  4. anne54 July 28, 2022 / 1:35 pm

    You have a wonderfully productive garden, and one that would be a delight to spend time in. Well done on your dahlias. you have some beauties. I am in awe of your rhubarb too. I think there is a whole family of fairies living under those leaves!

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 29, 2022 / 9:41 am

      Thank you Anne. I haven’t heard from you for a while so I hope all is well with you. I am pleased with the dahlias and just hope I can keep them all over winter. And I love the idea of fairies under the rhubarb! Maybe I will have to check :D!

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      • anne54 July 29, 2022 / 10:07 am

        i am okay…thanks for thinking of me. Just some challenges. i hope to get back to blogging really soon 😘

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  5. onesmallstitch July 28, 2022 / 8:04 pm

    what a beautiful, productive garden. A little piece of heaven and a lot of hard work. I hope you have time to just sit and enjoy it occasionally.

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 29, 2022 / 9:49 am

      Jean my photos were carefully taken to avoid everyone seeing how overgrown some bits are! But they are still green and some of the weeds are edible. I make time to sit and enjoy it and to share it with friends. Like housework here is always maore I could, and maybe should do, but sitting and bathing in the green-ness is also important even if only whilst eating outside.

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  6. Helen July 30, 2022 / 9:15 am

    Really great to read about how your garden grows. I’m impressed by the amount of produce it is yielding.

    I’ve found when buying dahlias that you can’t predict what colour you’re going to get. The one I planted in the front garden was expected to be read but it looks like it’s going to be cream. Anyway, happy gardening with your flowers, raised beds, fruit and veg.

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 30, 2022 / 9:46 am

      Thankk you. Given the space I have it jolly well should produce a lot but I have a lot to learn about veg growing.

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      • Helen July 30, 2022 / 11:06 am

        Really! I guess, everything is always a learning process.

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  7. Amanda July 30, 2022 / 9:40 am

    The overall, expected look shouldn’t be a concern. It’s producing and you are enjoying. Win win situation 😄

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    • Going Batty in Wales July 30, 2022 / 9:46 am

      very true!

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  8. lisatheardentgardener August 13, 2022 / 10:40 pm

    I’ve been saving reading your post here until I had time to savor it–because I saw at a glance I was going to love it. Your garden is fabulous! The rhubarb is HUGE! And the grapes! Wow! I’ve never grown fruiting currents–just the native current bush here (Ribes sanguineum). Amelia of A French Garden mentioned them too and so I got a couple of bushes which I haven’t planted yet. You are both inspiring about those. The dahlias look like they are doing well. That pink frilly one especially caught my eye. If you find out what variety that is, please share. I’m so glad you shared your garden! It looks in harmony with nature–my favorite “style”. What a magical and productive space you’ve created. Thanks for sharing that vitality.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 14, 2022 / 8:09 am

      Thank you Lisa. If I lived in suburbia my neighbours would be complaining about my overgrown plot and I would be drummed out of any self-respecting allotment group. But funnily enough everyone who comes here loves the place! It is green and lush and and relaxed and some things produce well.

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      • lisatheardentgardener August 14, 2022 / 10:16 pm

        Haha…well, I prefer natural looking gardens with the multi-function appeal of permaculture principles. I like veggies mixed with flowers that are not only pretty but provide for pollinators and some edible weeds mixed in, and flowing as if it’s a wilderness one was lucky enough to stumble into. Yours is perfect!

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      • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:51 am

        Thank you.

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  9. lisatheardentgardener August 13, 2022 / 10:45 pm

    P.S. I can relate to what you shared about the width of the beds. Even the ones we first made feel too wide for me now and that was 5 feet. My preferred width now is only 4 feet wide. Most are 10 foot long. Like yours, ours are also slowly rotting, little by little as we made the first ones between 15 and 20 years ago. Several are decaying badly now and since we have no help and we are getting older with some physical limitations, they are just sitting there, hoping for some good days of physical labor.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 14, 2022 / 8:12 am

      I am going to make my new ones quite narrow I think because I am aware of my age but we shall see what happens when I start on the job. I will also make them less structural so they can me moved or adapted more easily.

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      • lisatheardentgardener August 14, 2022 / 10:10 pm

        What a good idea. We have one waiting to be moved and it will likely wait a long time as it will be a big job.

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      • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:50 am

        Mine will have to be done bit by bit but at least I have Laura to help – she is young and fit!

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