‘home garden’ experiences severe gales, sea spray and frequent rain in winter but when the sun shines in summer it can reach all parts of the garden on a good day. The raised beach, gravelly soil of the west facing slope is free draining and fertile, aided by robust raised beds, garden compost and seaweed piled by the winter storms on the adjoining beach.
From a rough piece of field Jane and her partner have built and work a highly productive garden of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. It produces potatoes, onions, beans, salads, pumpkins and broccoli by autumn and the kales, leeks and swedes stand for most of the winter. Big crops of apples, pears, plums, strawberries and raspberries provide fresh eating fruit while currants, gooseberries and rhubarb make puddings and preserves. A gale proof greenhouse protects tomatoes and aubergines and a variety of out of season salads.