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Earlier this year, we were given some bricks and Husband decided to build a raised bed in our backyard to give an otherwise crappy piece of concrete a make-over. I straight away knew what I was going to plant in it: sweet peas and cucumbers. Sweet peas because in my book they're value for money flowers that look brilliant growing up a wigwam and smell gorgeous; cucumbers because they're Monkeychild's favourite veg. So, here's how the bed currently looks:
I originally planted four cucumber plants that I raised from seed just in case a plant or two didn't survive, but they've all flourished; the willow fencing also makes an ideal support for them. In fact, they're so vigorous that they're starting to take over the adjacent sweet pea wigwam. At last count I had eight cucumbers of various sizes coming along nicely, so hopefully I'll be able to strike these off my shopping list for the next few weeks.
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Whilst I'm on the subject of thriftiness, I'm a big fan of growing plants in other containers, not just pots. I have a collection of old enamel bread bins, zinc bath-tubs and tins that are great for growing all sorts of veg and flower plants:
The pink trug in the above photo was a freebie; it was left out on the side of the road with a 'Free Please Take' sign, so I did as instructed! It was originally just bare wood, but I thought a shot of pink would jazz it up. By the way, you can just about make out my camp gnome in the corner; here's another shot of him in all his glory!
I have a soft spot for gnomes and have a few dotted about the garden. Hmmm, I can feel a post dedicated to gnomes coming up in the future.
Back to the plants, I used Franchi 'Marketmore' cucumber seeds this year; I'm a big fan of Franchi seeds as they've always germinated well and I reckon that they're good value for money; they have some wonderful varieties available too. I'm onto my third sowing of peas this season (they're growing in the bread bin!) and have stuck with Suttons' 'Kelvedon Wonder'. I had such great results from this variety last year that I've decided to stick with it.
Do you any any favourite plant varieties that you stick to year in year out?