Inspiring Gardens – Perch Hill

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Earlier this week I spent a lovely indulgent day on an ornamental vegetable garden course at Sarah Raven’s Perch Hill. See here for details.

I’ve just installed two raised beds in my garden.

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They are right outside my back door and can be seen from the house, so I wanted some inspiration for how to make them as productive and pretty as possible. The course at Perch Hill seemed perfect.

I’m going to share a little about the course, and lots of photos of Sarah’s lovely garden. The course was mid April. Most of the tulips had gone over, but the garden still looked fantastic.

The day was an absolute delight, starting off with tea and homemade biscuits in the greenhouse.

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There were probably about 30 people on the course. Just one man!
The training room was nice and light

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And frankly I could move into the loos with all those books!

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The course itself was really useful. Key things I learnt included:
– Plant cut and come again veg so you don’t get gaps in your beds
– plant veg and flowers together
– when picking cut and come again pick ‘in the round’ (round the outside) to minimise impact
– how to make climbing frames for veg from willow and hazel
– plant artichokes, dahlias and alliums in one bed
– chop down artichokes to get them to repeat and give more lovely heads

And so much more!

But enough of my waffle. How about some lovely pictures of Perch Hill in April?…

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