Carrot root fly, Badgers, Voles, Slugs, Pigeons all enjoy the fruits of our labours and we don’t mind sharing a little of what we grow.

Veg Trug style planter

Veg Trug style planter

However, lately the numbers of mouths we have been feeding has become a real problem so we decided to try and avoid the worst of the pests by raising our crops up where they are either out of reach or easier to protect.

First we purchased a ‘Veg Trug’, nicely made and quite an expensive option, this was planted with strawberry plants. The compost used to fill the ‘Trug’ was a multipurpose with added John Innes, the intention being to have at least some soil element rather than just organic material. We then went for a Forest Fencing planter, much cheaper and rougher finish but strong and well designed. The main difference is that the Forest Fencing planter has vertical side meaning deeper soil throughout and a greater soil volume. This one we filled with a soil/green waste blend from Newbourne Farm Composting. It’s based on a chalky topsoil with good structure and high fertility.

Results so far are that the Strawberries have grown well with some fruit in their first year, in the Forest Fencing planter we direct sowed Carrots and these have grown exceptionally well…too well perhaps, we’ll see how they crop later in the year.