I feel very thankful that during our self isolation I have a large garden I can escape to. I’m upping veggie production this year, and garden without chemicals. I actually enjoy weeding and find it rather relaxing. I get a sense of satisfaction when a bed looks all neat and tidy!
The layout was inspired by this free Cricut title. Because of the lockdown Cricut have made over thousand images free in design studio which is a generous gesture to us scrapbookers!
I doodled the border around the page and then coloured it with a sparkly bronze Sakura gel pen. I die cut lots of little vegetables in white card using a Marianne die, and then coloured them before gluing them around the border. The terracotta pot is made with a lawn fawn die. I have added shading with distress ink.
I have used a Creative Expressions stencil to add some background pattern. I like this one with a combination of dots and a grid, and reach for it often.
This scroll that I have used for my journaling was a bargain Crafters Companion stamp and die set that I purchased when out with my crafting friends. It’s part of a Christmas collection but perfect for adding as a journaling tag!
My husband and myself built our vegetable garden early last year. Our house faces south and the front garden is quite large. This lawn was the site of a swing, slide and climbing frame when our daughters were young. We have a hedge at the front and my dad fitted a five bar gate so it was a secure area for them to play.
I have four raised beds on the lawn area, each one is four foot by eight foot. One of the beds is dedicated to soft fruit and we have built a netted cage to stop our local wood pigeons from eating the fruit! Nearer the house we have two more large raised beds and out of site in the photo a couple of smaller beds only half as high.
Having removed a couple of dead trees last year I have made four more beds down the side of the drive. The border is five foot deep so they are actually a good size for crop growing. My two compost bins yield some very good compost!
Tucked away in the corner with a gate to the back garden is a “working” area with my potting shed, and a couple of mini greenhouses which I use for hardening off my little plants.
When we had to replace our water tank I kept the old one. Its first crop was potatoes but its now a permanent bed for mint. The bed will be shaded by my neighbours beautiful buddleia shrub later in the season so mint will thrive in its shade. I only have two types, spearmint and basil mint, but would like a variegated mint later on when this virus is beaten and I can go to the garden centre again.
I have a potting bench and potting area inside the potting shed. It looks out over the garden so is a lovely place to sow my seeds or prick out seedlings.
I germinate my seeds in two electric propagators (one was my dads) inside. I have a large conservatory so it gets plenty of light.
I’m trying to grow a wide variety of vegetables, but avoid the gluts I had last year. Succession sowing is a skill I hope to master this year!
Our local wood pigeons also enjoy my garden so Paul has constructed a simple deterrent over my garlic. Last years crop was brilliant. I have two plaits of garlic bulbs hanging in my garage and haven’t had to buy any at the shops since growing my own. It looks like this years crop is also going to do well.
Having a personal allotment in the front garden is unusual, but as it faces south and is “wasted” land otherwise, it made sense to grow my vegetables there. Several of my neighbours are also growing in their front gardens too!