I only have a small raised border now but I’ve packed a fair bit into it and made use of the fence behind it, with the help (?) of our granddaughter, and it’s proving very fruitful. We’ve got two beefsteak tomato plants, plus two tumbling toms in a basket. French climbing beans in a tub that I’ve sunk into the back of the border beside the grapevine, plus a couple of sweet peppers planted at the back. All are cropping well, although Eden can eat the little toms almost as fast as they ripen and she loves the peppers too.
We’ve done exceptionally well with the French climbing beans but I put in a few extra seeds, as Eden kept uncovering them to see if they were sprouting and I didn’t expect them to survive but they all did. So we’re now supplying neighbours with beans, as Eden’s decided she doesn’t like them.
The geraniums in the middle of the border have suffered badly from ‘the very hungry caterpillars’ feasting on them, although not a total waste as Eden loves seeing them. But the Bizzy Lizzies at the front have gone mad and have filled in the geranium gaps. The black grapes are colouring nicely and we have several good sized bunches.