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On-going management of a large modern garden.

Swift Outdoors have maintained this large modern garden since 2012, shortly after the landscape designers and building contractors handed over the site to the current owners.  With an emphasis on self sufficiency we manage extensive raised vegetable and cut flower beds using the ‘No Dig’ method. The four season greenhouse provides year round produce for the house. Fruit trees and bushes are maintained, lawns are regularly mown and ornamental borders looking fantastic.

The garden has strong year round structure provided by well designed hard landscaping, oak sleepered raised beds, laurel and cloud pruned yew boundary hedges, with clipped box and lavender internal divisions.

The garden awakens in spring with early flowering hellebore, christmas box and snowdrops.   The peach tree, protected by the greenhouse blossoms at the end of February and has never failed to produce and outstanding crop by July.   The greenhouse fills with spring seedlings for the vegetable and cut flower beds.  Ornamental borders fill with over a thousand daffodil and tulip bulbs planted during the autumn of 2017.  

As spring progresses annual edible crops fill the beds and greenhouse and harvesting begins.  Lawn clippings and weed seedlings provide source material for the compost heaps.  When mid-summer passes our attention turns to dead heading and staking the abundant cut flower crop of dahlias, zinnias, sweet peas and nicotiana, and formal box and yew hedges are neatened.  Crops are harvested and watered when necessary using rain collected from the roofs and stored in an ample underground tank.  

When the first frost of autumn approach lawns are cut less frequently, fallen leaves blown in from the adjacent woodlands are collected and turned into leaf mould, long lavender hedges are trimmed, annual crops are cleared and home made compost applied to the beds.  January is the only month of rest.

For further information about No Dig Gardening take a look at Charles Dowding’s website – click here.