Without Christine and Nathan, this would never have happened. Last May (I think) I met up with my lovely friends to chat about all things horticultural, political and cultural. They told me in no uncertain terms that I couldn’t get goats until I sorted out my vegetable garden. Yes, I grew enough food for us, but really the rest of the smallholding was getting more love and attention.
They were totally right. On the train on the way home I meandered around the internet for inspiration. I came across something called hugelkultur. I didn’t know much about it, but it seemed cool so I resolved to build one. Last year with the help of a digger I built two 60×4 foot hugelkultur. I planted about half of one with squash and leeks last year. This year I have nearly finished planting it all with squash, leeks, potatoes, onions, celeriac and brassicas of all sorts. It is now semi-fenced in (after the sheep fiasco last year) and has a beautiful polytunnel behind it.
So thank you Christine and Nathan, without that push I would never have got round to doing this ……
and of course that means we can now get goats 🙂
N.B. Of course we also built our giant fruit cage as well as the raspberry and gooseberry patches as well so all in all the vegetable garden areas are starting to look pretty good. More close-ups of the veggies soon …..