Friday, 17 January 2014
This may (or may not) be the World's Smallest Forest Garden. It measures about 2 metres by 2 metres and, to cap it all, the high wall to the left is shielding most of it from the sun, most of the time. So it is effectively North-facing.
The cast of characters, in order of altitude, includes:
1 Bramley apple tree (producer of prizewinning apples)
3 Redcurrant bushes (producers, with the help of some local strawbs, of prizewinning wine)
1 Blackcurrant bush
1 Gooseberry bush
Alpine strawberry ground-cover
1 Bramble (rather drastically cut-back, so not really visible)
3 Garlics (subterranean, ditto)
In five years I think I have had to pull up a total of 1 (one) weed.
The wall behind it protects it from the road and its many users. Including a Tesco van which recently (and very audibly) reversed into it.