Friday, 28 March 2014

Planning our summer vegetable garden

It's that time of year again when I'll be looking to purchase the plants for my vegetable garden soon. I normally buy baby plants instead of growing the plants from seed because I don't have a greenhouse at home, and with all the renovation work we have going on, space indoors is limited too.

My vegetable garden isn't anything big or fancy, just some old recycled railway sleepers bolted together to make a raised bed in the corner of the garden. At approximately 89cm wide by 385cm long it only gives me 3.4 metres squared of growing room but for two people we find this is surprisingly enough to save us money all summer! 

Here's the hoard of potatoes we dug up last August. They lasted us until Christmas!

At the moment we have a large established rhubarb crown at one end of the plot which takes up about 65cm of the length, and some asparagus near the middle of the bed. This still gives us a good 2.8 metres squared of growing space to work with.

Spinach and lettuce are my staples. Spinach is so versatile that it can be used as a salad or vegetable and we eat lots of salad here so lettuce is a must. In previous years we've had a go at broccoli, carrots, onions and beetroot too. Potatoes are a big yield, though we've decided that they take up a bit too much room this year with the amount of space we have after the rhubarb has sprouted.

My dad usually grows his own too so we get a few tomato plants from him to last us through the summer months, but they are in pots so don't take up much room. 

So with the rhubarb, asparagus, spinach and lettuce, that gives us room for one other plant. We haven't decided on a winner yet, but it will need to be something which complements our chosen produce so far...

What do you think? Any ideas?

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