Category Archives: Life at the Glasshouses

Easter in the Intelligent Garden plus RHS top jobs for April

Isobel has been sewing wild flower seeds to make a meadow area round the new fruit trees that aren’t getting the potato treatment this year. I’m looking to transplant a bit of comfrey for mulching into the other part of the woodland garden and am going to broadcast a bit of landcress which is a great self seeder and a good standby for winter salad.

Planting the Woodland Garden – 1 getting the trees in place

One of the principles of permaculture is stacking – three dimensional planting. So this means that are going to use fruit trees as the basis of our design., In between the trees, we plan to plant fruit bushes in between the fruit trees – ultimately they want to be sited at the drip line of the fruit tree canopy and below that we will plant a range of perennial vegetable and mulch crops – chard, comfrey, sweet potatoes etc.

Planning the Forest Garden – part 1

By | February 27, 2012

So I’ve decided to go in a snake about 4 -5 meters wide which will start from the fence at the bottom of the lower pool, come up to the Mulberry and sweep round through the plum to go back to the boundary just up from the slope to the exising birch and then go up the boundary and round, inside the fallen willow to the shed. I’ll put a half standard Blenheim Orange tree there so that there will be three large trees in that area with lower bush trees between there and the other birch to allow evening Sun in to reach the house.

Planning a Forest Garden – the intent

By | January 19, 2012

We’ve decided build a forest garden area between our house and the open field. Putting in the rainwater reservoirs f involved removing a row of Apple Trees. So the plan is to replace these and try and build a stacked tract of ground that has fruit trees embedded in fruit bushes with a ground cover of comfrey, sweet potatoes, legumes and some leaf vegetables.

Fresh Salads and Chard from the Glasshouses

By | September 15, 2011

Part of the trick with growing things commercially is that you always need to have something to sell. So for us we expect to have a good crop of peppers and aubergines and squash over the next couple of months with about half a dozen beds of sweet potatoes coming through.

However our main focus is on providing a succession of chard and spinach that will take us through to Christmas.

A special seed kit for late sowing

By | August 17, 2011

So here’s a selection of 5 vegetables you might have a crack at. Perpetual Spinach, radish, rocket, mixed salad and the carrots. Plants are very susceptible to daylength rather than temperature but we have about 8 weeks before they slow to a crawl. Under protected cropping they really only stop between mid december and when the light turns in mid february but still – if you’re feeling bold this selection should give you the best shot.