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Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel - the herb garden takes shape

Tom Winnifrith
Friday 29 January 2021

This part of the lands here is at the edge of the new orchard on the inner upper field. When we arrived just under two years ago, this field was under six foot high in grass, nettles and ferns. You could not see the gate and fence at the end of it, nor a chicken shed and small asbestos shed all of which have now been removed.

What, last year, was the foundations of an old shed became the strawberry patch, once the ferns were removed and the Mrs and – to a greater extent – I took out buckets and buckets of glass, bits of metal and deeply entrenched roots. On one side were the strawberries, which have survived the winter so far and will start to be tidied up next week when we will also be cutting back the trees behind the patch, giving a clearer view down to the river at the edge of the fields below.

On the other side, with flooring to suppress weed growth is what is now the herb garden: fennel, mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, camomile, chives, parsley and sage are all now in situ. And we have left a bit of room for some basil which I need to locate at the weekend.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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