19. Jul, 2015

What a difference a bridge makes!

Unless you live in East Haven you don't really appreciate the different types of garden there are depending on which side of the bridge you live. On the seaward side for example, the soil is 80% sand and requires a lot of enrichment to make anything grow. Even then, one has to choose plants very carefully to avoid wind burn and rabbits. On the other side of the railway bridge, most  gardens are protected from the severe salty wind of the sea and the soil is much less sandy.

What one can grow and where has been brought into sharp focus this year as we have lost so many plants on the wave bed outisde the Heritage Point. Our initial idea last year was that we would choose hardy plants reflecting those chosen in the Beechgrove community garden. However, many have failed due to becoming wind burned, dried out or eaten by rabbits. It seems that East Haven rabbits have a particular penchant for marigolds too when it comes to bedding plants. We have now revised the bed for a third time and this time we have taken a whole systems approach leaving nothing to chance. At first glance it looks as if we have developed a more artistic approach with the introduction of a rockery and some drift wood. Whilst this certainly adds interest and stops people walking over the bed, the main aim is to help retain water around the roots of the plants and protect them from the worst of the wind. At least they have been watered in really well with all the rain we have had recently. Every cloud has a silver lining!