Preparing the raised veg beds

As always, the arrival of spring here in the North Pennines is a little later than the areas further south of us. Of course, that also means we’re slightly ahead of those areas that are even further north of us but it’s hard to imagine an even shorter growing season than we get here.

The area that I set aside for raised veg beds back in 2014 has had a chequered time over the years with a constant running battle with our local rabbit population.

At the last count, I now have 3 layers of protection ranging from some old wire garden fencing with some added chicken wire and finally some leftover weld mesh from when we assembled our chicken run.

Raised veg beds in fenced enclosure
Raised Beds 2024

I don’t want to get ahead of myself just yet but I think I may just have got those pesky rabbits beaten at last

Although we have 4 compost bins and they are pretty much ready to be spread, there just wouldn’t have been enough to top up all the raised beds. That meant it was time to turn to the local compost supplier for a delivery.

a delivery of 3 dumpy bags of compost
Compost delivery 2024

Within a few days the 3 bags were quickly reduced to just one full bag and a bit left in another. That was all the raised veg beds topped up plus half a dozen potato sacks part filled with compost too.

Any remaining compost left now will be used to fill gaps as the growing season progresses and also it will help to earth up the potato crop later this year