So last weekend I was away for one of my brothers' 40th birthdays (I have a big family and I'm the youngest). Anyway, we went camping in the New Forest and did the lovely riverside walk between Bucklers Hard and the really pretty village of Beaulieu.
Jan and I stayed in the New Forest a few years ago on a holiday with her family and I remembered we discovered by accident this amazing community veggie garden called Patrick's Patch. So, whilst the rest of the gang were milling around (as large groups of people tend to), I nipped up the road to see the garden again. (Jan wasn't there this time round, still too poorly with the thyroid problem).
They have quite a large site, a mixture of very smart raised beds combined with open rows, plus planting around the perimeter too.
Trained fruit trees along one side
Seedlings coming along well. I love the pea/ bean structure to left right, made with hazel poles. They have a big fruit cage in the background too
Good use of mesh, which looks easy to get under when you need to weed
Really good lettuces, so jealous (I have none at the moment!)
More delicious looking lettuces, there were several raised beds of these
There was even an olive tree! Plus you can just make out some pea /bean wigwams in the borders at the back
Well, it was a bit of a rushed visit of just a few minutes, so apologies that the piccies aren't better. I was really pleased to have seen it again though, I didn't expect to ever go back!
And I couldn't leave out a piccie of the New Forest ponies. They roam about everywhere freely and this was at the campsite. Some of the kids from our group were enjoying watching them (though they did get wet bums from sitting on the damp grass)
Hope you enjoyed a whirlwind visit to Patrick's Patch!