Happy New Year , may 2013 be a bountiful.
At the end of December we started building the first set of raised beds which will house the plants that form the Herboretum. After much deliberation we have chosen a company called Woodblocx to supply these raised beds. For, not only had I seen one of their beds at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show, but I also liked the design concept which enabled them to be easily assembled on our original hard standings with minimum impact to the established farm.
Henry and James, the proprietors of Woodblocx, kindly came down from Inverness and spent a day showing us how to build them.
It took just three days to build 11 beds.
Not only are the beds practical but they also have hidden secrets which makes them unique to the farm. Hannah sent to Woodblocx drawings of butterflies, bees and herbs which they have etched into the wood on various beds so creating a treasure hunt for our young visitors.
With the first 10 days in January being so mild we have been making the most of the weather and commenced filling the raised beds.
We started with a layer of hard core to help with the drainage followed by a good thick layer of our recycled compost.
We will then finish with a layer of top soil mixed with sharp horticultural grit. The beds will then be left to stand for 4-6 weeks to settle so that they can be topped up prior to planting. Whilst these beds are settling in we will build the second set on the other side of the Glasshouse and continue with propagation and potting on so that we are ready for the grand planting and our first Herb Friday.
© Jekka McVicar , Jekka’s Herb Farm, January 2013.