Herb Bed Project

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In 2018, I built this temporary herb bed in a sunny position in front of our oil tank.

I made sure the compost was free draining by adding in grit.  The compost sat on a layer of weed-suppressing membrane on top of a layer of bricks.

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Towards the end of the growing season, I also made these temporary beds at the front of the house.

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Then did nothing with them, so Easter weekend seemed the ideal time to get things moving.

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I dismantled the herb bed and moved the compost and plants to the sunniest of the front beds – shady in the morning, but full sun mid- to late-afternoon/

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Not this one – which is the shadiest border

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But this one.  I transplanted 2 x oregano, 2 x thyme, and 1 x chives.  I have coriander  and parsley growing in the greenhouse.  The rosemary went into a lovely blue ceramic pot on the back patio.

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As soon as I dug one plant up at the back, I carried straight round to the front and planted it in the same compost it had been growing in.  Hopefully they won’t be too stressed – that’s why I haven’t cut them back yet.  I’ll give them time to get used to their new position first.

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They had a good watering before lunch and I’ll give them another around 7pm

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I’ve still got to add more compost to the left-hand side, then place large pebbles and decorative gravel to the top, but with temperatures above 28’C outside, it was impossible for me to do more.

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And the space by the oil tank?  That’s where my potatoes will grow – in large pots.  I should get at least six of the square pots, just visible on the right-hand side of this photo, in the space – maybe a couple more.  We won’t be ordering oil for six months so I can fill the area.

 

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