(Extract from East Bridgford Village Magazine)
During the Open Garden event in June I was very pleased to have the chance to look round Judy Fishel’s garden at The Old Egg Farm as I have often walked by, peeped in and admired the planting.
Judy moved into the new house on the property in 1996 and discovered that it had previously been (you guessed it!) an egg farm during the WWII, and was also used as physiotherapy practise. However, shortly after moving in, she received a visit from the Local History Group, who told her that maps from 2000 years ago document that Romans camped beside the natural pond in the garden, due to the property’s location between the settlement at Margidunum and the river. She was asked not to develop the pond because of its history, and it is now a haven for wildlife with paths and seating areas to enjoy it.
Judy and Steve’s gardening philosophy is not to use chemicals or poisons in the garden, and Steve uses the no dig method with plenty of mulching – he lets the worms do the work! All new planting is drought resistant and bee friendly.
The front of the house is covered with a wisteria and climbing rose – a lovely combination of blue and yellow. There is also a round border, featuring a magnolia tree and lots of lavender for the bees; and a long herbaceous border which peaks in May - should you happen to walk past!
To the south side of the house is a lovely patio area with bird feeders which attract a variety of feathered visitors, and a cheeky squirrel. There are three arches and paths leading to the orchard, where there are damson, plum, apple and pear trees, as well as gooseberries and raspberries.
As Judy prefers flowers to vegetables, the only vegetable planted is asparagus, and the greenhouse has been repurposed into a charming gin palace! She says that it now gets much more use!
The meadow area is being increased - Judy loves the movement the grasses bring, and was excited to see the poppies appear.
Now when I walk by, I don’t just admire the planting, I imagine I can hear the chink of a Roman soldiers armour as he camps by the pond.
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