This struck a chord with me – growing in raised beds is a lot about crop choice and efficient use of space. Having used raised beds for the last few years, space is a biggie in my garden, especially when compared to the free and easy, chuck it anywhere option on my roomy allotment plot.
I learnt this the hard way, when I over-planted and my back garden patch became a vegetable jungle. Each plant competed for the same space, bogging one another down and making getting around more like a strenuous yoga workout than a potter in the garden.
The next year, my plot plan was very different. One change I made was increased use of smaller, dwarf veg varieties. These littler but equally productive plants are great if you’re growing in a small space.
Here are 5 I’ve had success with.
I caught some snails in my greenhouse earlier, the buggers. They’d been hiding out in the roof and nibbling on plants over the last few nights. No lasting damage, but enough to get me thinking: I really must look after my seedlings.
Of course, seedling care goes much further than flinging a few snails out of the shed. Us allotmenteerists are currently in a critical period. This is make or break for the little plants we have grown from seed and hope will go on to provide us with bountiful harvests.
We best look after them. Here are 6 things to do to help your seedlings grow strong.
After months of often cold, miserable weather, things are looking up. Spring is here, shortly to be followed by Summer. Of course, no one wants to talk about Winter!
So apologies for bringing up the subject. But it’s actually very important this time of year.
If you’re trying to save money from growing veg, are attempting to be as self sufficient as possible or just like fresh veg available all year, ensuring a steady stream of harvests through Winter is vital.
That’s why I always try to find some time to plan the Winter crops properly, as well as the more glamorous but shorter lived Summer favourites.
The next few weeks are the perfect time to sow those hardy, reliable winter veg so that they provide harvests come the colder months. Here are 8 easy to grow crops that will keep you in food during those dark days of January and February