Something I want to do shortly is measure what we have land wise. I want an accurate overhead, bird’s eye view of our home. This will allow us to step back and look at the space for the future instead of standing amongst it all and seeing it with today’s intended use. It’s hard to stand in Chickenville and see it as potential veg plot for example, or to know if the wooded area would be big enough to turn into a pig area if we fenced it off or where the best place to put an outdoor sand arena/horse walker would be. I’d like to get that done in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, I’m putting pen to paper, or finger to keyboard again to update the 2017 growing plan. I have started sowing some seeds at the risk of losing them. I’ve only put aubergine and corn salad in. This weekend I have tomatoes, cauliflower, leeks, red onions, onions, peppers and chillis to put in. Everything that needs a high heat to germinate will go in the airing cupboard as it’s right next to the Aga chimney. The things that need 20C and below will go in the kitchen. Hopefully things will come up together meaning they can be moved together to the south facing windowsill before going to the heated greenhouse at some point, as they will all be in one propagator.
We now have 3 new raised beds and there are 2 more large ones and 4 smaller in the pipeline too. We’re busy filling them with muck and I’ll be getting a top soil delivery at the end February or early March to top them up.
The plan therefore currently looks like this (I’ve no idea if the photos will work but you get the idea)
We have 18 beds of different sizes (I know some people prefer uniform, but this works for us) and I’m still deciding what will go in some. Bed 11 (large) and 15/16 (small) aren’t spoken for. I am growing more potatoes than some would bother with.
I can’t decide whether to put anything permanent in my new beds. Fruit bushes or such like. This year they will be new soil so I may use it as a tester year.
The older strawberry patch is taking over and I have no idea how old it is. It performed well last year, but maybe this year I will dig it out once I’ve taken the runners as I’m going to line some beds with strawberries.
Also I am super excited to be saying I will be visiting lots of your blogs to search for your tried and tested recipes. I know there are plenty of you who have them and I’d like them ready to use when harvest comes round. It’s such a busy time of year that all planning ahead that can be done should, then I can just concentrate on the goodies and recipes. Also I would like to time table in when to start making the food and drink for Christmas gifts. I don’t want to miss a thing this year!