Well here we are, and suddenly it’s the beginning of another year, always a good time to review how the garden and allotment did in 2015, and to think about what to grow next year.
With the official end of my allotment lease yesterday, it feels a bit strange not to have a vegetable patch right now. Instead, there’s a piece of lawn in the garden where raised vegetable beds will go, and a border with patches of thin concrete in, but I’ve got big dreams about picking fresh vegetables later in the year.
The garden plan has evolved and I’ve sketched it onto a big sheet of tracing paper, it just needs a more detail and then we can get it built. Meanwhile I’ll be growing vegetables and flowers in plant-pots and various containers until there’s a garden to grow things in.
I’ve been looking through photos for inspiration and to remind me what grew well last year.
My plans for this year include:
- Visiting more gardens, don’t tell anyone, but I haven’t visited Rousham yet, so that’s definitely on the list, a photo of Kentwell Hall popped up on my instgram feed and it looks fabulous, so that’s on the list too.
- The flowers that I want to grow again from seed are Zinnias, it seems that the answer is not to sow them too early, mine were sown at the beginning of June and went on for weeks. The dahlia show at Wisley in September made me want to have some new types of dahlias.
- courgettes, winter squash and swiss chard are a must, this year I want much more salad and plenty of different varieties.
I loved growing fruit at the allotment, we’ve transplanted 2 gooseberry shrubs and a jostaberry from the allotment into the garden. I definitely recommend squeezing some into your garden if you can find the space, you get plenty of fruit for very little effort, which is my kind of gardening.
Best wishes for health and happiness in 2016, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson