Tour of the New Kitchen Garden

raised beds, vegetable garden, veg patchThe new kitchen garden has been a joy to work on, it’s great to finally see my plans before me, rather than on paper. Each raised bed will be filled with compost rich in chicken manure straight from the compost bins, it’s lovely stuff with a beautiful earthy smell. I’ve decided to try the no dig method used by Charles Dowding for most of the beds, although due to timing, one bed has already been dug over and prepared for planting garlic in autumn.

RhubarbThe rhubarb bed is looking great, this is a young crown of Timperley Early which is a favourite of mine to grow because it’s super early and great for forcing. I resisted the urge to pull a few sticks this year, leaving it to grow strong and healthy for future harvests.

backyard chicken
Cheska the chicken inspecting the nasturtium

wildlife pond

Squeezed into a sheltered corner of the kitchen garden is a wildlife pond, our garden is full of frogs and newts and you can never have too many wildlife ponds and areas in my opinion. I planted herbs around the edges to grow wild and unruly for a natural look, most are flowering herbs to attract bees and pollinators.

A frog smiling back at me
A frog smiling back at me

I used potted ivy and wood logs at the very back of the pond for a natural, rustic look. The new kitchen garden is pulling plenty of wildlife in already, including these little guys…

cabbage white caterpillar

In the centre of the kitchen garden is a mature apple tree with a little table and chair set underneath, every kitchen garden needs a place to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Apple tree

Collecting fallen apples for a crumble
Collecting fallen apples for a crumble

Below is the view from the kitchen garden, back towards the house.

vegetable garden

I’m looking forward to working with my soil and improving it with plenty of organic matter over time, the texture appears to be a light sandy type which is just perfect for root veg.

garden hens

The chickens seem to like the kitchen garden, although I’ll have to find a way to keep them out soon!

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29 comments

  1. Oh how fun! Your new garden is beautiful. It looks like it will productive as well. I look forward to the updates.

  2. Your garden is beautiful and I love the way you put in a pond with herbs around it and you have chickens too. Sigh. My own garden is kind of a mess. I’ve been too busy this summer to tend it as I should. Also, this year the deer, the squirrels, the birds and the naughty neighborhood bunny have been giving me a run for my money. I’m looking for new ways to keep the wildlife out. The stuff must taste good though because they like it a lot!

  3. I have been gardening for years with this year being the first where I tried my hand at raising vegetables. I look forward to watching your success and hearing tips and suggestions that come from your experiences.

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  5. The new garden is really beginning to take shape. What fun lies ahead for you. When I saw your chickens wandering around at liberty I thought you’ve got much better behaved chickens than we have – we call them the salad thieves.

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