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July 29, 2014 / Vegetarian Friendly / By
Rachael

 

Growing vegetables is a passion for me but I have a relatively small space in my garden in England. This is how I overcame the space issue and have lots of delicious home grown vegetables to add to meals and the freezer. As the garden is at its best in June and July I invite you on a tour of my home.

Planning for small spaces is essential and I have a series of raised beds that have been installed in my back garden. These concentrate the space for growing vegetables and it is surprising how much I can fit into the bed itself. This year I have a lot of salads and enjoy growing cut and come again leaves as well as green mizuna. When I pick salad for my meal it is completely fresh and tastes superb!

The great thing about these raised beds is they can take slow growing vegetables too. Right at the back of the salad rows I have several leeks growing which will be ideal for soups in autumn as well as some celery. I also plant fast growing radish in between the slower vegetables to maximise on space.

Growing can also take place vertically and I have three wigwams in my raised beds made from bamboo and also metal frames. These are perfect for growing beans. This year my french beans have been really successful and have produced a heavy crop. I have also been busy filling the freezer in preparation for winter. I also plant more bean seeds half way through the season so I get a continual crop and hopefully some vegetables well into the autumn months.

Once the weather warms up I plant my tomatoes outdoors in a sunny spot, supported by canes. These varieties include cherry tomatoes which are really sweet and I'll be adding these to salads as well as dry roasting the surplus. I have planted tagetes flowers close by as this stops white fly from destroying the plants.The other flower I grow near the tomatoes is borage which deters pests. The pretty blue flowers are great for decorating a glass of Pimms to be enjoyed after all the gardening.

Courgettes also grow well in raised beds and it is amazing how many can come off one plant. I usually plant these separately as they get really big and dominate the growing area. This particular variety is a French one called a Nice courgette which should go well with pasta dishes. I also have strawberries, blueberries, and herbs planted in my raised beds and it is an excellent way of having fresh food literally on my doorstep. The boxes were easy to make from old decking and are filled with soil. I have not bought any salad for several weeks and simply pick what I need from the garden.

Growing vegetables is easier than you think. I have been amazed at how much I can grow from my small garden in these raised beds and how it saves money by eating fresh food.

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