I have lived on the Isle of Skye for the last 24 years and have an interest in nature and wild life. I have a wild flower meadow along the banks of the river Roskhill, which I visit daily. I enjoy keeping a nature blog.
Each deep bed took 16 wheelbarrows full of topsoil, which Warren dug from the croft. We top-dressed the beds with well-rotted horse manure and compost.
Then waited for the Spring to warm up.
We bought several fruit trees and shrubs for the polytunnel, which were in a dormant state. Patio plum tree, which has two varieties grafted onto the root base. Tzar (black plum) and Victoria. There are two blueberry shrubs and a kiwi vine.
We placed a table and chairs at the top of the polytunnel to enjoy a well-earned rest.
A perfect G&T spot too.
I hoped for a wonderful place full of flowers. I was delighted with the outcome at the end of the Spring.
Preparing the ground was not an easy task. However, we hired a man called Tom to clear the ground with a small digger which, took 5 hours to complete. Once the ground was ready we needed to dig 18 holes for the frame. Each hole needed to measure 45cm x 45cm and 45cm deep.
The north side of the ground was only 15 cms of top soil then 45 cm of rotten rock. The rotten rock is crumbly but, it needs to be broken up with a breaking bar before it could be removed. The south side was much easier with 40cm of top soil and 15cm of rotten rock. Back-breaking work especially in hot weather.
We needed to dig 18 holes 45cm x 45 cm and 45cm deep
The frame took 2 days to erect.
It took 8 hours and 6 people to fit the polythene.
At the moment we are creating the raised beds. Two thirds of the polytunnel will be used for growing vegetables and the remainder will be used as a entertaining area, full of flowers. Opposite the sitting area we are planting fruit trees and shrubs. We have a kiwi and a wisteria to trail over the sitting area. I have planted anemonies and alliums in the double raised beds. I intend to paint the beds with a nice shade of paint called “sea mist”