Gone west

Our garden has been packed up in boxes (the portable bits), unpacked again and is now littered about our worktop, new garden and – oooh – conservatory.

Our new house, in the South-West, is a good deal smaller than our last, and the garden a fraction of the size.  No greenhouse, no lawn (the dog is unimpressed), some truly horrible old-lady plants and accessories (in what world is a cement magpie either beautiful or useful?) and a lot of house-moving detritus all over the place at the moment.

However, it is flat, pretty much south-facing, barely overlooked and should be an interesting project to bring a little production to it.  We plan raised beds among other things, because of the heavy clay.

There are beaches a short pootle away, and then there’s our woodland…more of that in the future, perhaps!

No pictures, but we harvested apples, Chinese artichokes, oca, some apple tree cuttings (a long shot!) to bring with us, as well as all our chillis, which we have frozen or dehydrated.  The yacon lives yet.  We are still finding our feet but there is much to look forward to.

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6 thoughts on “Gone west

    • Bugs says:

      Not sure if it’s more exciting than it is scary…still catch the weather on TV and think “why are they showing tide times”!

    • Bugs says:

      Thank you Esther! There are certainly a few things that we miss; apple trees we established, our wild garden and slowworms, dragonfly larvae in our ponds and the view from the top of our garden. On the other hand today we’ve been paddling in the sea and if I crane my neck from our back step I just about have a view of distant hills! And the new garden is definitely a blank canvas and being flat there will be no excuses of weeding and watering being difficult…

  1. Marie says:

    Thanks for leaving your lovely comment in my English Kitchen Vanessa! Nice to finally meet you! You have me wondering now what are Chinese Artichokes?

    • Bugs says:

      Welcome Marie, how lovely of you to return the visit! Chinese artichokes are part of the mint family of all things; the leaves look very like lemon balm to me. The edible part is the tuberous roots which I believe you normally eat raw; they are crunchy but not hard (maybe a bit more tender than a radish) and mild and nutty in taste. This is our first year growing them so we only managed to taste a little before moving but have quite a few to replant – always happy to share a few if we haven’t planted them all already!

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