So why she was keen to allocate so much space to recycled plastic raised beds rather than a lawn or flowers?
“I had an allotment at my previous house and raised beds are much easier to cultivate, both for me at 5’1″ and my partner at 6’2” as there’s no grovelling on the ground when weeding. The recycled plastic is the perfect material as there is zero maintenance, so that thing I always used to do of looking each spring to see how much wood had rotted away during the winter just doesn’t happen any more! I just know that the beds will be perfectly fine in 10, 20 or 30 years time.
I love flowers, but they’re not especially practical, and a lawn to me is just a waste of growing space unless you have a toddler that needs it to run around in.
I was brought up gardening from a young age and got back into it in my twenties. The fruit and veg we grow is always great quality, better even than the shops, and it helps with the cost of living, even with growing some of the lower cost items like potatoes.
As my Grandma used to teach me about growing fruit when I was a very young child, we have also used this opportunity to teach my partner’s (now not so little) little one about where fruit and veg come from too.”