The construction of the raised beds in our garden is coming on well although the initial plan however of building three has now been reduced to two.
Okay, so three beds of size 4.5 x 3.5 feet would fit in the space, but with my wonky knee I would have major problems getting in there to actually do any gardening, so the best option is to cut back (just to say I am a bit of a dinosaur me - I still measure things in feet, inches, stones, pounds and cubits - never could get my head around this metric mullarkey).
In one bed I was planning to grow runner and borlotti beans and I saw a wonderful idea on one of my favourite gardening vlogs “Jessie at Plot 37” who uses garden arches at each end of two beds and grows the beans over the top of them both. Genius! Think I’ll give that a go.
The wood that was acquired came in very useful and I had plans to get some more for a few other ideas, but that went down the swanee when my boss at work came up with his own plan for me to use it to build some advertising hoardings at one of the service stations.I could have really kicked myself for not taking the lot when I had the chance.
I have also been busy starting to construct fences to go around the area so as to keep Ruby dog out of the growing area of the garden. You can rest assured that if there is an area where there is an availability of soil and earth, then that little devil will generally find a way to get in there to have a good old dig!
My next plan, to compensate for the one less raised bed, is to build a couple of planters from some pallet wood I have lying around. I intend to grow veg in all sorts of interesting containers. From raised beds, to planters, to pots, to troughs, to grow bags and even in a couple of old buckets I have rescued from behind the shed (ideal to grow courgettes in I reckon).
Changing the subject, I had a phone call from my physiotherapist today discussing how my knee is coping with the exercises she gave me a few weeks back. Now it has to be said that the pain in my knee has increased since starting these exercises, but I am assured by both the Physio and my Doctor that initially the pain will get worse, but as the muscles get stronger, it will subside. I certainly hope that is the case.
She has changed one of my exercises and also changed the frequency to 3 times a day as opposed to twice (it was hard enough getting them done before, but the increased volume could be somewhat difficult - still, we’ll give it a go!).