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Choosing A Good Location For Vegetable Beds [Video]

February 13th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Choosing a location for your new vegetable beds

When expanding a vegetable garden, or even building one entirely from scratch, it is vital to ensure that the location for your vegetable beds is chosen carefully. If you just build your beds without consideration to location, you may end up with a failed garden. So, here is a video guiding you through choosing a good location for vegetable beds in your garden.

  • Most vegetables need as much sun as possible, an open site with a south facing aspect with no overshadowing by walls, trees or hedges is perfect.
  • In contrast, there are many vegetables that may need to stay cool in hot climates such as spinach or lettuce that can bolt in hot sunshine. And so if you have shady areas, putting these sort of crops in the shade or under shade cloches will assist in keeping the plants cool.
  • Solid walls and fences can be used to good effect to shelter plants from any turbulent weather your garden may experience.
  • Soil must be moist to enable the plants to thrive… but soil must also be well drained so it doesn’t get water logged.  So, for instance if you live in a new build the quality of the soil may be very poor near to the foundations of your house meaning choosing a location further away from the building will help.
  • Frost pockets are usually collected at the lowest part of the garden.  Avoid planting in these areas as it can reduce the range of plants you can plant there which will remove whole areas of your garden from the crop rotation plan.

These are just a few tips that can assist with locating new vegetable beds, there are plenty of other aspects to consider and these can be found on the video below. Have you got any tips on choosing a good location for vegetable beds? Share them with us and help some new gardeners out!

Choosing A Good Location For Vegetable Beds [Video]

Mr Fothergill’s Awards Success with the GroBox and GroMat range

July 21st, 2015 | News, The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

GroMat and GroBox from Mr Fothergill's

Mr Fothergill’s GroBox has scooped first prize in the Plants Seeds and Bulbs category at a prestigious garden awards ceremony. Its Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) seed range was also a finalist in the category. The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association (GIMA) Awards 2015 were presented on 16 July 2015. Accepting the award on behalf of the Suffolk seedsman, Mr Fothergill’s joint-managing director David Carey said he was delighted the company had won.

“This prestigious award vindicates our decision to bring innovative new products to the seed market,” commented David. “We are continually looking for different ways to appeal to the different types of seed buyers, from beginners and novices to keen gardening enthusiasts.

“GroBox is one of a group of products we have launched under the ‘Garden Time’ banner aimed at new or inexperienced gardeners, including children, to encourage growing from seed. On the other hand, our RSPB seed range is aimed more at the established gardener, but focuses on gardening for the benefit of wildlife, particularly birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It’s great to receive recognition for what we are doing”.