“..no virtue like necessity..”

Will Skakespeare penned these words long ago but during this lockdown they have proved very up to date. I found myself crowded out of my online supermarket shopping facility. Everyone else piled in and there were no slots left for me. I don’t drive and my husband is in the very vulnerable category so had to look for alternatives. My cupbord was well stocked with most dry goods but fresh green produce was as probem as even the companies delivering veg boxes were inundated.

So, what to do? My solution was to order a raised bed kit and vegetable seeds which were also in short supply. When the seeds came I started them on the window sill and waited for the bed and compost to arrive.

This post is a diary of my gardening adventure.

Eventually my raised bed and compost arrived, and it was filled lettuce plants kindly donated by a neighbour.

As the weather warmed I planted out the things on my window sill which were in danger of taking over the kitchen. I also used up every large pot I had.

The rocket and rainbow swiss chard in the old fish box began to grow and the bed started to look quite green. I invested in a netted cover for the bed to keep off of our resident wood pigeons with the added benefit that it also kept the local cats off what would be a desirable poo patch.

The bed was so successful in providing us with salad greens and as it seemed lockdown was going to be a long job I ordered two more raised beds.

So now there were three and to even things up I ordered a fourth to make a nice potager as well as planting a small purple artichoke in a pot against the wall and moving my bay tree into the centre of the beds.

I could go on but I don’t want to bore you further. I am very pleased but have to report that the weather is foul now with several days of wind but the greens seem to be surviving.This little escapde has provived us with fresh greens, peas, beans and some squash. I look forward to the autumn and winter greens I am planning to plant.

One thought on ““..no virtue like necessity..”

  1. What a lovely little potager you created! And great that you have a sharing neighbor who also gardens! It was an investment that you can enjoy for many months and years to come. Happy Gardening!

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