The garden is bursting with life!

Just a quick post to say that after the ravages of the bad winter, freezing spring and the garden being battered by the erection of new fencing – it now looks wonderful and absolutely bursting with growth.

DSCN5081 side garden 170613

Hidden in the masses of growth are lots of Jerusalem artichoke, scorzonera, field beans, runner beans, potatoes, wild kale, skirret, mashua, chives, garlic, shallots, tomatoes an assortment of herbs (mint, marjoram, angelica, sage, thyme, lemon balm), flowers (calendula, lavender, aquilegia, sweet peas, toadflax, phacelia, foxgloves) and fruits including raspberries, blackcurrants, apples and wild strawberries.  There are a few more annual veggies and a few less perennials than in previous years as we are putting the house and garden up for sale imminently and I am busy making sure I can transfer as many as possible to my new garden as it becomes able to accommodate them.

This is the time of year when I always notice the most rampant growth and it does take a bit more time to keep on top of things, but even so the work is absolutely minimal compared to the more conventional methods I once used.  I usually keep this angelica small by pulling out the leaves as they come but this year as the garden was having a hard time in early spring and I wanted as much growth in it as possible I left it alone.  It grew so fast I could hardly believe it and now it is towering over me!


DSCN4971 angelica in P1 6 June 13

About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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5 Responses to The garden is bursting with life!

  1. Alex says:

    Fantastic, what an inspiration!

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  2. Fran says:

    The garden looks lovely, pretty and edible, now that’s my sort of garden x

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  3. icarus62 says:

    I love the way you’ve provided for the insect life as well as the humans – the bees must love it there!

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