April 25th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments
New or old gardens can always be improved using dedicated vegetable beds that can help with productivity. A simple vegetable bed system will help you to plan, tend and harvest your crops with ease. This will leave you with a vegetable garden to be proud of. This post and the video below shares advice on vegetable garden design and how to make the most of the space that you have.
- Growing vegetables in allocated beds has many advantages. Narrow beds ensure growing areas can be tended from surrounding paths, this eliminates the needs to step on beds and crops. This creates a healthier soil for your plants, in turn providing you with plenty of crops.
- Soil manures can be planted in specific areas when using beds preventing the need to spread manure across entire plots.
- A bed system provides order for crops but also makes crop protection easier, as you only need to cover particular beds with their specific protection.
- Using vegetable beds also provide an accessible garden by collating similar vegetables into the same bed making the gardening easier to manage.
- Beds can be laid out in two ways, soil-level or raised.
- Soil level beds are easy to work out, simply define bed edges with string and peg down. Then you can prepare the ground within the string.
- Edging around beds to create raised beds offers a more permanent solution and a physical feature in your garden. Raised beds physically defines the vegetable beds and separates the various vegetables. Edging for beds does however cost more and more effort is required to build them and then fill them with compost and top soil.
- You must try to make it possible for the centre of beds to be reached easily from the paths that surround them. Aim for a bed width of 3 – 4 feet or 90 – 120cm, this will give ample space for reaching to the centre of the bed.
These are just a few tips and tricks on vegetable garden design. Let us know if you have any further tips in the comments below. You can also find the Mr Fothergills range of bed kits and covers here.