We created a deep bed 100cm by 360cm o the croft. We filled it with a layer of shrub cuttings, well rotted horse manure and compost. We covered the bed with hoops and special insect mesh from the company “Gardending naturally”. This mesh allows rain water through, protects from wind damage and keeps insects out.
The bed has been very successful we can hardly keep up with eating the vegetables.
Sweetheart cabbage, Rainbow chard, Curly Kale, Cavolo Nero and Swiss chard.
We have always wanted to have chickens and took the opportunity to build a coop and run during lockdown.
The chickens keep the lawn weed free. However, they love to excavate the ground under the bird table. They are very entertaining and follow us all over the garden, looking for food. They are amazing at catching voles and mice ( poor little creatures). We now get 4 eggs every morning. We are purchasing two more in September from Donald Hen, the Skye hen man.
We have lived here for 23 years and have transformed the garden from plain lawn with no features. We added several shrubberies, hedging and four flower beds. The garden is south facing and is a sun trap with lots of shelter from the trees.