We’ve been working really hard on our little plot of land over the last couple of weeks and I have to say I’m really pleased with how it’s looking.

Our plot

Our-plot

After our holiday in June we came back to the bottom left picture. We started by chopping the grass and weeds down and turning the soil over (or what little soil there was).

We quickly came to realise that new build properties come with a garden that is full of rubbish, poor soil and concrete. This meant the best way forward was raised beds.

We actually brought some raised bed kits from B&Q, these ones to be precise. In this instance you pretty much get what you pay for. The woods not the best quality, some is slightly bent but it’s all cut to length and ready to assemble which is what we wanted.

We did buy one of the square versions to go on the end as well. I’m really pleased with how they look to be honest!

However, next year I think we will be adding another layer to the beds in order to maximise the soil available to our plants.

We put some black fabric down in the rest of the garden and filled with gravel. There didn’t seem much point having grass in such a small area, we’d only have to buy a mower.

We’re definitely a little over friendly with the staff in our local B&Q after this house move!

The plants

This year we missed the main sowing season moving house but I’ve put in what I had and we’ve sowed a few things (fingers crossed they germinate). Here’s what we’ve got:

  • Runner beans
  • Peas
  • Courgettes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Chillies
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots (just sown)
  • Spring onions (just sown)
  • Beetroot (just sown)
  • Salad leaves (just sown)

What is left?

We purchased a little four seated patio set and a BBQ. I think all we have left now is to bring my greenhouse over from my parents.

I really have no idea how I’m going to manage this yet without completely taking it down, to be honest I’ve been putting it off. It’s a polycarbonate greenhouse so at least I don’t have to worry about glass breaking. But I don’t have the instructions any more and it was a real pain to put up! Any ideas?