The fruit and herb plot plan

The fact that the plots are only about half the standard plot size meant we took on two with one for the vegetables and the other for the fruit, herbs and cut flowers. This is great because it means I can have two very differently designed plots and this second plot will be more like a relaxing garden with a lawn and place to sit and relax.

Even with the two separate plots it was difficult for me to fit in everything that I want to grow. The lawn and the large herb garden do take up a lot of space but they are both things that I really wanted so I have done my best to fit in all the other fruit that I want to grow and think I have finally come up with a plan I am happy with.

I have to admit that I am reorganising this web site now at the end of 2010 and all that is on the plot so far is the greenhouse and shed and we have had the plot since 2003! The clay soil is a total nightmare and cannot be worked but I have now come up with a plan for that which you can read about on my blog if you are interested.

We have a lovely wooden arch we will build to go over the lawn at the corner where we will have black grapes up one side and white grapes up the other side and plan to have 15 minarette fruit trees edging the lawn on the path sides.

In the boxes that we will build from scaffold boards we will be growing blueberries, cranberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants and strawberries and there is a raspberry bed at the bottom of the plot.

I intend to hide the unnatractive fence that stands between my plot and the one next to it with an evergreen clematis that can tolerate some shade and below that I will have a row of comfrey plants to provide feed for my vegetables and to help accelerate the compost.

The huge herb garden will be edged with no less than 12 different types of lavender (I love lavender) and have a lovely pink climbing rose in the centre that is highly scented, has edible petals, is almost thornless and can be cut for the vase too! Oh and around that will be some herbs of course such as rosemary, bay, mints and some less common herbs that I can use in some way or another.

To the left of the raspberry bed is a bed for perennial flowers grown to be cut for the vase and then two other beds for annual flowers and/or seed saving, where I will be able to move brassicas to (for example) and cover with a cage and introduce blow flies for pollination.

This is all in raised beds and I have colour coded the beds in order that it may help me to visualise it when finished. The palest beds are one scaffold boards width high, the next darkest (such as where the lavender is going) are two boards high, then the boxes will be three boards high and the very dark areas are where structures are built for climbing plants and for the raspberries to be tied in.

We will edge the lawn area and also edge the entire plot and after laying a double layer of heavyweight groun fabric before installing the beds we will be filling the path areas with gravel which we will also be using as a mulch on established plants such as the lavender and comfrey for ease of maintenance. The seating area, chimnea-come-barbecue and daffodils in the lawn will create the finishing touches of our garden.