Yesterday I shared with you part two of my garden concept plan, (yay!) and promised to examine it further, so without further ado, here is the breakdown of my thinking behind bed number 2!
This bed sits along the right hand wall of the garden, at a right angle to bed number 1.
This bed would have full sun, if it wern’t for the trees growing behind the fence of bed 1. As it is, this bed is in part shade, with full sun for a fair few hours of the day.
Like bed 1, this bed is 3m long x 80cm wide x 30cm deep and filled with shrubs, cardboard, compost, manure, grit and topsoil.
On To The Plants:
- Dwarf Broad Beans: ‘The Sutton’ – I grew this variety this year with fairly disappointing results in terms of yield. Here I’m hoping they will perform mainly a ‘systems’ function of fixing nitrogen into the soil, with any tasty beans as an added bonus. Particularly good pan fried till slightly charred (when young and tiny) with crispy bacon and poached eggs. Mmmm!
- Rainbow Chard: More of this yummy, pretty green for all the same reasons as I included it last time; an all round trooper of a crop.
- Dwarf Lemon Balm: I’m expecting this mint relative to spread around this corner of the bed as it grows, providing a lemony ground cover. Looking forward to making lemon teas and syrups from this one. One I’ve never grown or tasted before.
- Green Daubentons Kale: Just like its variegated sister in last week’s post, only green all over. I’m dying to make kale crisps from its leaves!
- Nasturtiums: Ground cover, distraction crop to caterpillars, provider of peppery leaves and flowers, and potential source of fake capers. (fapers?) this plant has everything going for it in my eyes. Never grown it before.
- Chamomile: I am a massive fan of chamomile tea, so growing this one seemed a sensible choice. Also known as the ‘doctor plant’ for its fantastic qualities as a companion plant, I’m excited for chamomile to enrich the garden in its own frondy, flowery way. Another I’ve not grown before.
- Babingtons Leek: It’s a leek, and it’s perennial. That in itself should be enough to warrant this plant its place! With its plumes of purple insect attracting classic umbellifier (that may be spelt wrong) flowers as an added bonus, the Babingtons leek was a dead cert! I’m hoping it will enjoy this mostly sunny spot. Never grown or eaten this before.
- Sea Beet: The ancestor of our chard and beets today, this maritime perennial will add, I hope to our ‘perennial greens’ repertoire. Never grown or eaten before.
- Potato Onion: As for bed 1, but this one will be planted in spring!
- Kiwi Walking Onion: As for the red walking onion in bed 1 but a different variety. I’m really interested to see how this one turns out.
- Day Lilly: ‘Stella d’oro’ – A small(ish) daylilly with yellow flowers to add a pop of colour and attract insects to the garden. Another one I’m really excited to grow and taste for the first time!
- Pot Marigolds: Famed for being fantastic companion plants, as well as for attracting insects to the garden and for use as a herb and ornimental, these were a no-brainer!
- Runner Beans: These will be grown as annuals and replaced in time with autumn fruiting raspberries. In the meentime these beans will be an asset to the garden, fixing nitrogen and growing yummy beans whilst adding structural lovelyness to this bed.
PHEW! So there you have it; ladies and gentlemen, bed number 2!