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Post by freebird on 26th August 2019, 8:58 pm

Well today, exactly four weeks after moving in, I have made a start on my new fruit and veg garden. There is a lot of preparatory work to do, but I did manage to clear enough space and plant my two rhubarb plants that came with me.

The garden isn't very big - usable space of about 35 feet by 55 feet. That was occupied by my fruit and veg alone in my old garden, with another 35 x 100. No matter, I've earmarked the top end of the sloping plot (slopes to the SE) to turn into an area for my fruit cage, greenhouse and terraced veg beds.

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The entire plot is bordered by mixed hedging, but as you can see there are some fairly hefty shrubs in front of it at the back. The greenhouse and fruit cage will be right at the top by the back hedge and two terraces of veg beds coming down as far as the washing line.

I need to be careful what I discard though, as the garden is absolutely full of butterflies.
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Post by FloBear on 29th August 2019, 8:51 am

How lovely that you arrived in time to make a start, freebird. Terracing sounds like quite a task but getting the structure right will mean you can go full steam ahead once done.
Do you know anything about your soil type? Have you peered in the neighbours' gardens to see what works well in your area?
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Post by Dandelion on 30th August 2019, 9:53 pm

Probably a good time of the year to get started on this, FB. It sounds exciting - looking forward to hearing about your progress and seeing more pictures

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Post by Ploshkin on 4th September 2019, 10:02 am

The mature shrubs that are there will give you a good idea of what will grow there even if they are somewhere you don't want them. You could take cuttings to replant elsewhere or move them if they aren't too big.
I'm hoping to get a fruit cage installed this year so that I have a chance of getting some fruit before the birds. I will plant blackcurrant and redcurrant cuttings somewhere else specially for them.
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Post by Dandelion on 5th September 2019, 7:57 pm

That's very kind of you Ploshkin!

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