I’m looking for inspiration in the vegetable garden. Last year I dug up the grass paths between the beds, but it was hard to keep them neat in the summer, so we have decided on raised beds. The first seeds of the year have been sown and the important preparation work has been started. All four compost heaps have been emptied and moved to a new area ‘The Yard’, where we now store wood, compost and the manure heaps. The gravel drive has been weeded and topped up and two new stone wall beds built.
In search of inspiration I trawled through gardens on the internet and decided on a day trip to Ballymalloe, just beyond Cork. The trip was a great success, we were truly impressed by their herb and veg gardens, even though the beds were denude of plants the geometric designs in box hedging formed an intricate tapestry, providing structure and pattern. Darina Allen was busy teaching in her cookery school, but took time to chat to David about her chickens – I’m beginning to think that David is turning into a chicken fancier. He was most impressed by her Pekin chickens, which produced tiny blue eggs. (Photo – Ballymalloe Gardens)