Kitchen Garden

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Our raised bamboo beds and bamboo fence are finished, and we are actually eating some of our own home grown food now. The fence has done it’s job well in keeping the hungry pigs and racoons out. This time last year when we still had the flimsy excuse for a barrier the pigs or racoons came and devoured all our potatoes, but this year not a single potato has been stolen.

As there is still so much work to be done in other areas we are not in full production yet but we are doing much better than last year. At the moment we have growing – potatoes, radishes, sweetcorn, aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, pak choi, peas, lettuce, carrots, beetroot, asparagus, pumpkins, water melons, peanuts, shizo, parsley, rosemary, camomile, lemon balm, lemon grass, thyme, oregano, basil and mint.

The next step is to get some type of cover down on the paths and we have sourced some free horse manure which we will gradually mix into the beds to improve the soil structure. We put chicken manure down already which has added a lot of nutrients, especially nitrogen, but it hasn’t improved the soil structure much, which the horse manure will do a better job of.

Here some pics, and thanks to all the volunteers who worked on the garden, but are no longer here, sorry you can’t eat any of it!