1. Extend the Fruit Garden
I loved picking my own grapes and strawberry’s last summer so I’ve decided to grow a few more varieties of fruit this year. The plan is to grow a fan trained peach as I’ve never grown fruit trees in this way and I have a couple of bare walls that are crying out for them.
I’d also love to make my own Medlar marmalade and Quince jelly with fruits picked from my own trees, but before then I’ll need to swot up on how to grow them. Maybe a Gooseberry and redcurrant bush if the budget will stretch.
2. Launch the Blackbirds Back Garden Nursery scheme.
Its long been an ambition of mine to grow my own plants and sell them in my own back garden nursery to make a little extra cash, and at the same time raise funds for a local charity.
Last Autumn I planted around 500 cuttings in the polytunnel and I’m pleased to say they appear to be surviving the weather, so they should make good little plants by the time April comes around.
The area we’ve allocated should provide enough space to propagate several hundred plants. All we need is the weather to improve so we can get out there and start preparing the paths and beds. As it comes together I will post some pics and let you know how it’s all progressing.
If we are successful I’d like to invite other like minded gardeners to become involved and perhaps start their own back garden nursery.
I’ve yet to decide on a charity so if you have a suggestion preferably in the Hampshire area please feel free to drop me note.
3. Add Some New Livestock
We’re planning on introducing a couple of pigs onto the plot this year. Pigs are social animals and never like to be left on there own, so we’re going to need at least 2.
I thought we could rear them for our own fresh pork, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to bring myself to do the ‘dirty deed’ when the time comes. 😦
4. Build a New Store
Last year I became more and more frustrated as my potting shed seemed to get smaller and smaller. Of course it had nothing to do with the shed shrinking, I just acquired more and more stuff!
Basically we need somewhere to store the chickens food, a few straw bales and anything else that needs to be kept dry. I’m sure we have some timber somewhere that we can recycle into a small shelter.
5. Develop My Blog and ‘The Rural Gardener Daily’
It’s great having the Rural Gardener blog to share advice, information and keep everyone informed of what we’re up to. This year we’re planning to publish even more great gardening content including a few more recipes as they are always well received. Not forgetting the Rural Gardener Daily our twice daily publication that includes all that’s new in the world of gardening. Why not subscribe now and receive your twice daily publication, absolutely free!