Archive for January, 2010

Plot rotation

Monday, January 18th, 2010

We are realigning the plot to an orthogonal grid governed by the north-south axis of gates. The first stage in this adaptation is a triangular extension to the west, which will slightly increase the size of our beds and allows us to plan a low espalier along the west edge. Our order of trees has arrived from Keeper’s Nursery: three Egremont Russets and a suitable pollination partner in Fortune, all on M9 rootstock. M9 is a dwarfing rootstock, suitable for cordon, which can grow to about 7 feet if left to its own devices.

Last night we enjoyed cabbage, sprouts (Noisettes) and leeks which remain viable and delicious after the snow.

new layout

Music for the New Year

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

We thought we’d dispel the winter fug with a song: The Octopus Gardening Song, by Hilary Koob-Sassen. The music was, I believe, provoked by a tendril of our Blue Ballet squash, escaping the neat boundary of the plot. Hadspen garden has inspired music in the past and we’re tickled that it continues to do so. Click the link below to listen.

The Octopus Gardening Song – Hilary Koob-Sassen


Thursday, January 14th, 2010

One of our favourite entries and one of the three finalists, Adam Shapland’s strawberry beds, which use the shed structure as a growing surface. Below, plans, diagrams and model visuals, outline his thought processes. The form of the shed echoes shepherd’s steps or the strip-lynchets of the surrounding landscape.