I had to follow Beth Chatto on Facebook to get a glimpse of her Shade Garden Diary which I have just ordered. The way she thinks about her garden and talks to her gardener reminds me of how slowly spaces expand and change
When it’s going into lawn
With the help of Sam, the new privet hedge is on it’s way so the ground has to be prepared. A membrane is ready to go down to keep away the weeds from the roots and a seeper system to water it when it gets dry.
Still in it’s infancy, this PlantBox Living Wall from Growing Revolution has the makings of such a productive and beautiful addition to this sunny corner in Suffolk..
All the troughs are eco-friendly, stackable and have a nifty watering system that shows you when the water is getting low. Also, that way the plants learn to put out roots to find the water as it comes from the bottom., keeping the soil wet but not water-logged, which can easily happen when you water from the top.
I mostly used herbs from my favourite supplier Herbal Haven where the range is simply amazing. They arrive in recyclable holders that cut down for bringing on seedlings, or still in the recycling. I then added some chives at the top for a pink topper and some ferns for structure. There’s still a little room for cut-and-come-again lettuce or some sedge, which I dearly wanted to plant, but couldn’t source in time.