|Most of the main vegetable garden, 30 May 2016|
Over the course of the last five or so years, I have planted 9 (dwarf) fruit trees, 1 almond tree, 5 kinds of soft fruit, and many perennial herbs and vegetables such as rosemary and rhubarb. I have been growing annual vegetables and flowers each year. There are many shrubs and herbaceous perennial flowers dotted, planted by myself and by previous owners, and there is a lawn over about 1/3 of the garden out back and 1/2 of the front.
We get a LOT of rain over the year. Though on occasion we go for a few weeks without it, generally it rains at least a few times a week--sometimes every day. My garden almost never needs watering, other than pots and planters. There is also a lot of cloud cover, so although there are many hours of daylight during the growing season, it can be several days at a time before we actually see the sun.
It is also quite mild and the last frost date can be mid-March or earlier, though this year it was early April. First frost it also around the end of November, although it can be later than this: up to January. However, even though the temperatures are mild, at such a northern latitude, there is not much daylight in the winter and if not dormant, plants grow very slowly then. We are in USDA plant hardiness zone 8, as a general guide. My garden is quite sheltered in places and I have a microclimate right next to my house which is more like zone 9.
So that's the basic outline, let's get out and growing!