New Garden by the Sea – First Summer

As I outlined in this post, I had a new garden to work on this year – my new garden by the sea.

I had quite a late start in planting up the garden, because there was a lot of preparation work to do, including the creation of a whole new garden bed along one side of the garden. This I did by covering the turf with compost and then a weed suppressing fabric for about 12 weeks.

As you can see in the pictures below, I cut down most of the existing blocky and uninteresting shrubs and planted up the borders very thickly – for instant impact. I’ve included lots of perennials like, Rudbeckia, Thalictrum, Dahlias, Achillea etc. I’ll need to thin out this planting a bit next year I suspect.

I’ve also included room for growing vegetables which has been a real success.

We’ve had Chard, Radishes, Lettuces, Mixed Lettuce Leaves, Potatoes, Calabrese, Cavolo Nero, French Beans, Parsley, Coriander and Strawberries, which I grew in a hanging basket for the first time.

From the greenhouse we’ve had lots of Basil and a bumper crop of Tomatoes.

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