Hackney Permaculture


The front garden
April 24, 2009, 3:58 pm
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We have been plotting and scheming for a while about what to do with the front garden, previously an ugly useless bit of concrete. Seemed about time to make something so Dean came over and we played with tools and heavy stuff to make a raised bed…

We now have raspberries, tomatoes, borage, rocket, lettuce, marigolds, radishes and loads of wild mint and lemon balm.

Breaking up the front patio back in december 08

Breaking up the front patio back in december 08

Front garden with path and soil

Front garden with path and soil

Building a raised bed onto the mulched front garden

Building a raised bed onto the mulched front garden

Front garden with soft fruit bed at back, raised bed in middle, and small herb bed at front

Front garden with soft fruit bed at back, raised bed in middle, and small herb bed at front

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Fighting the good fight (slugs and snails)

Okay so we had to lose our virginity at some point. You create a nice bed, you plant stuff, it grows, then slugs and snails come and eat it…

One of the first things planted out were some beans which got utterly munched within days. It was clear that some extra thought was required and non-lethal reinforcements came in the shape of cloches made from plastic drinks bottles, broken up egg shells, copper from wire and coins, and midnight slug and snail raids with my brand new head torch!

Not wanting to kill any of god’s creatures, I have just been throwing them over the fence so far which seems to have worked, making a huge dent in the local population and seems to keep everyone happy as next door don’t really do much with their garden and there is lots of nice green stuff growing there.

Our veg is safe for now…

Anti slug defences

Anti slug defences

Anti slug defences (Part 2)

Anti slug defences (Part 2)

Cloches made from used drinks bottles to protect from snails and slugs

Cloches made from used drinks bottles to protect from snails and slugs

Cloches and netting to protect young plants

Cloches and netting to protect young plants