A new year starts at Toddington


Another year starts in the garden, and on one wet Tuesday afternoon, the gardeners set about remaking the hazel supports for the ornamental veggy, herb and cutflower garden, otherwise known as the potager!


We selected lovely, straight lengths of hazel growing along our nut walk, each about 6 feet long, and colourful stems of cornus and willow. The next part was a four-handed affair of holding the long hazel stems together whilst twining the cornus and willow around to hold it all together.

After trying three horizontal loops of cornus, the consensus was to increase this to five, and the supports were indeed much sturdier as a result. The resulting supports were put in place in the deserted winter potager ready to be smothered in the summer with sweet peas, spaghetti squash and purple pods of mange-tout.

(the attractive looking bin lid at the bottom was to ensure they were all roughly the same size - this was removed before positioning in the potager!)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That home-made wigwam thingy is really impressive. What I'd really like to see is a picture of the finished article.

Daisy

linette applegate said...

Glad you like them, Daisy.
I shall post a picture on the blog for you - the different colours of the willow really stand out well in the winter frost.