Tuesday 2 June 2009

A trip to Rosemoor

Well, first I must apologise for my absence from the blog this week. I had an old friend visiting, whom I hadn't seen in 10 years, and the hours were far too precious to spend on the computer! We have had a wonderful time, walking on the moor, and whizzing around the sights, but the highlight of it all was a trip to Rosemoor gardens ( blissfully unencumbered by small children!).
Sweet rocket is definitely on my seed list for next year! Best of all, I love to see the model potager. This is how I dream my garden will look one day! Their vegetables are way ahead of ours, but I took plenty of photos, so that Steve could see how his allotment should be looking!

Interestingly, they were mulching their slug susceptible plants with sheep's wool. I stopped and questioned one of the gardeners about this when we noticed the young courgette plants snugly tucked up in fleece, and he said it is the first year they have done it, but so far it seems to be proving to be an effective slug barrier, and moisture conserver. It was most noticeably in evidence on their squash plants and hostas.

Oh, for a walled kitchen garden ( and a fulltime gardener to help!)


Kathleen Coy said...

I'm glad you had fun with your friend. Lovely photos, and I agree with you on the full time gardener bit, lol!

Kim said...

Those are lovely pictures, and the garden is sooo organised. I've heard of sheeps wool mulch, but haven't tried it yet. I love my wool too much to put it on the dirt! I wonder if horsehair works?

Kim x

Jess said...

There's something extremely satisfying about seeing rows of neat vegetables. I wish there were more hours in the day (plus more energy in my bones!)x

Unknown said...


That is the most beautiful negetable garden I have ever seen. Oh to have a garden like that would be heaven..Wool in garden...How odd...Here they use human hair to keep the deer and rabbits away..dead fish for fertilizer...dishsoap for aphids...so wool may work...English gardens are the most beautiful...

Sonia ;)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

So perfect. It looks like Mr. Macgregor's garden.

Julia Guthrie said...

I'm so behind on my blogs lately..agh!:)
But these pics are fantastic! wow...makes my teeny little veg patch look daft..hehe!
I pulled some fantastic big radishes this week & last. Although my dog attempted to make off with one! :)
Lettuces & rocket are getting there too :)
Yay for veg patches!!


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