Garden 2014


Last year, before we moved, we took part in a TV series called Big Dreams, Small Spaces. We signed up to do it not long after moving into our last house (with A LOT of work needed on the garden) but about 6 months before we finished filming, we realised we would need to move on (which affected some of the decisions we made) but having signed a contract, we needed to fulfill it. The fact that we were filming, also meant that I had to skip over some of the details of what we got up to whilst in our last house.  We only had a few hundred pounds to spend and most of that went on the fence when it blew down in the awful winds at the end of 2013.

As the airing of the show has now past (and it has been repeated), I’m guessing we’re now past the point where showing photos would be an issue, so I’d like to show a few pics of the garden before we left in June 2014 (we moved house the day after filming finished!!!)


We used various things as small pots, including tin cans and an old jug. I crocheted holders to hang them up and wove wall baskets out of recycled fabric.  We used an old moses basket (back right of patio picture) to grow further salad and herbs in.  The seed trays rest on rescued pallets.

This was in mid-June – so still a lot of growing to be done and much more we would have liked to have done, but we had to move!  We took as much as we could (as when we found out we would be moving we planting as much as we could in pots so that they could realistically be moved): 26 (at least) tomatoes of varying varieties; 15 peas; 9 runners; a few broadbeans; 3 courgettes; 3 sacks of potatoes; as many raspberries as we could; the currants and gooseberries and various others.  Sadly we ran out of time to move the fruit trees and they are something we are hoping to invest in in the coming weeks.

For anyone who is interested, the list of what we grew is as follows:

  • Asparagus: unknown – existing
  • Basil: Green Ruffles
  • Basil: Purple Ruffles
  • Basil: Spice
  • Beetroot
  • Blackcurrants: unknown (gift)
  • Borage
  • Broad beans: Aquadolce Longpod
  • Cabbage: winter
  • Calendula
  • Carrots: Early Nantes 2
  • Carrots: Purple Dragon
  • Chamomile: German
  • Chard: Bright Lights
  • Chard: Pink Passion
  • Coriander: unknown
  • Courgette: Black Beauty
  • Cucumber: F1 Bella
  • Dahlias: can’t find note, various
  • Daisies: Electric
  • Damson: Merryweather
  • Fuschia: various
  • Grape: need to check the variety
  • Gooseberries: 2 more green ones which I can’t remember off the top of my head 😉
  • Gooseberries: red dessert – unknown (gift)
  • Honeysuckle: can’t remember variety
  • Hostas: various
  • Kale: Nero di Toscana Precoce
  • Kale: Scarlet
  • Kohl Rabi: Blue Azur
  • Lavender: various
  • Leeks: Hannibal
  • Lemon Balm: Melissa
  • Mint: Apple
  • Mint: Chocolate
  • Mint: unknown – existing
  • Nasturtiums: mixed
  • Nigella: mixed
  • Onions: Welsh
  • Pea: Ezethas Krombek Blauwschok
  • Pear: Hessle
  • Pear: Winter Nellis
  • Perpetual Spinach
  • Petunias: mixed
  • Plum: Victoria
  • Potato: Saxo Arpona (maincrop)
  • Potato: Valor (maincrop)
  • Radish un-noted
  • Raspberries: Autumn Bliss
  • Redcurrants: unknown (gift)
  • Rose:
  • Rosemary: unknown – existing
  • Runnerbeans: unknown (gift)
  • Sage: unknown – existing
  • Salad: Mixed Californian
  • Salad: Gem Lettuce
  • Sorrel: French
  • Squash: Butternut
  • Strawberries: alpine – unknown (gift)
  • Strawberries: unknown (gift)
  • Sunflowers: unknown
  • Swede: Joan – never had an luck with swede, still
  • Sweet Pepper: Corno di Toro Rosso
  • Thyme: Winter
  • Tomatoes: Alicante
  • Tomatoes: Latah
  • Tomatoes:
  • Turnips: Nancy – mostly harvested leaves.
  • Whitecurrants: unknown (gift)
  • Viola: Tricolor
  • Violets: Dog – existing

There was more, certainly various other flowers and more salad that I can’t think of.

Rather looking to get stuck in with this new garden, as it was converted into a plant refugee camp of pots after we moved and this year we want to get the various soft fruit into the ground and start laying the basic foundations of what we hope the garden will become.  Rather pleased that we’ve already been able to improve on one aspect that was annoying me in the last garden – a larger, taller chicken run – the plan is to plant a fruit tree in there to offer the chooks some shade, but pleased they have more basic space (although we do let them out for a good run around the garden!)


6 thoughts on “Garden 2014

  1. sustainablemum says:

    It’s looks amazing, how frustrating that you had to move (although it sounds like it was a good thing you were). I know I would find it really difficult to move from my home because of all the work I have done on the garden over the years the thought of starting all that again……..


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