Martyn posted on his blog last month that we had started rearranging our garden cold frame area - otherwise known as cold frame courtyard.
This is how it used to look.
The cold frames and raised bed really arrived before we were ready for them and so ended up in the wrong places. We hadn't ended up with the best use of the limited space.
We decided that this year we would put this right. The raised bed was going to be the most difficult to move and so this was 'just' realigned and moved nearer to the ivy covered fence.
The larger cold frame is the same length as the raised bed and so this was backed on to it.
The smaller cold frame lined up against the back of greenhouse allowing access to the path that goes from this area and down the side of the greenhouse.
This rearrangement has created a larger space between the cold frames which at the moment houses large pots of herbs and will provide space when hardening off plants before planting out.
There is also space on the far side of the raised bed. This provides access for planting and there is also planting area alongside of the fence.
The large pot above left contains our Issai kiwi berry and two small beds are planted with climbing roses. The one above has been fresh and green all through winter. In the top corner we have planted a sambucus nigra which was originally in a large pot.
When we moved the cold frames we noticed that the wood on the lids had weathered and faded.
We decided to restain both cold frames and I managed to grab a fine day last week to do just that. Now they are ready to be filled with plants.
This area is very sheltered and so we are thinking of moving the figs from the greenhouse into this area.
I also want to grow something else alongside the ivy on the back fence as the ivy doesn't extend the full length of the fence. I feel another trip to the garden centre coming on.