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Choosing the Right Layout for Your Vegetable Garden Design [video]

April 25th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Vegetable Garden Design - Nation of Gardeners SaladNew 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.

Vegetable Garden Design: Choosing the Right Layout for Your Garden

Vegetable Garden Design – Choosing the Right Layout for Your Garden

How to Plan a Bigger, Better Garden

March 28th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Garden Planning for a Better GardenPlanning at the start of the growing season is important – you must consider what you’re going to grow, where you are going to grow it and when you’re going to sow or plant it. This post is going to help you plan for your most successful growing season yet!

  • It’s important to get to know your garden – observing where the shade falls, this way you can plant in the appropriate area. Tender crops like tomatoes, peppers and squash will thrive in the sunny area of the garden. Leafy greens, herbs and salads prefer a part-shaded area.
  • Knowing the windy areas of your garden is also handy – climbing beans can get damaged in a windy area of the garden. Corn, on the other hand is preferable in the wind.
  • Keep track of what you plan to grow where, this will make crop rotation a lot simpler. Rotating crops from the same family to a new bed each year reduces the chances for pests and disease to build up in the soil. As a bonus it keeps the soil in great condition!
  • Varying crops place different demands on the soil. Cabbage is a very hungry plant so it’s a good idea to grow it after beans or peas – this will also help to enrich the soil by fixing nitrogen. Once you’ve harvested cabbages the soil will be less rich so you could replant with root crops such as carrots which don’t need high fertility to thrive.
  • Once you’ve chosen what you’d like to grow it will help to know when everything can be sown, planted and harvested – a good garden plan will include key dates of these activities. This plan will ensure that nothing is missed out or forgotten as the season gets busier.
  • Planning your garden means you can buy just the right number of seed containers, seeds, potting soil and plant supports.
  • Proper planning means you can keep your plot as productive as possible, for as long as possible, so as one crops finished, another is waiting in the wings to replace it.

Planning your garden can save you time, money and unnecessary disappointment. We hope these tips have helped you plan your garden! If you have any top tips for garden planning then please let us know in the comments or on our social media.

How to Plan a Bigger, Better Garden – Easy Vegetable Garden Planning

5 Golden Rules of Garden Planning [video]

January 9th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

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When the growing season begins, it’s exciting to be able to get a new start in your plot. It’s important to take some time to  plan what you are going to grow before you begin.  Spending some time with pen and paper and plotting out your plans will make it easier in the garden as you progress through the growing year. So here are some garden planning tips useful for people new to vegetable gardening and allotmenteering, and old horti pros alike.

  • Choosing the perfect location to start growing a veg plot is important. Most vegetables prefer full sun, but if you have no sunny spots available in your garden then research the crops you could grow that prefer shade, or that at least will thrive in the shade.
  • Good soil is the key to better growth. Ideally your ground should be fertile and moisture retentive, but also well drained.  We aren’t all blessed with perfect growing conditions though, and so watch the video for some methods for improving your soil for crop growing.
  • Always grow vegetables and fruit that you like!  It is no use growing lots and lots of a particular crop just because they are easy to grow. Concentrate on the fruit and vegetables you enjoy eating the most; this will motivate you to grow more and see you through the season.
  • Make the most of any space you have, use pots and containers to use space effectively in smaller areas.
  • Stagger your harvests with succession sowing.  Sowing a little and often will allow you to have a range of crops throughout much of the year rather than gluts all at one time.

These are just a few tips for garden planning. The video below shares with you the five golden rules of garden planning.

 5 Golden Rules of Garden Planning

Be sure to check out our garden equipment here, choosing just a few bits of extra garden kit will help you with make the most of the garden space you have.

How to plan your vegetable garden

January 13th, 2014 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

A newly emerged Broad Bean Aguadulce in the vegetable garden.A well planned vegetable garden is a productive vegetable garden.  Although the rains pour and the winds blow just recently – seemingly without let up – there’s always time to stick on the kettle and get planning for the upcoming season in the vegetable garden.

In this video discover the heart of good garden planning and how to draw up the plans you require. We also introduce you to our online Garden Planner to show you how it can help ease the vegetable plot planning process.

If you are new to the Grow Your Own revolution, you might be wondering what to grow in your first year in the vegetable plot.  Mr Fothergill’s have put together a number of ‘collections’ to help guide you through this.

  • This Early Sowing Vegetables Collection brings you fresh veg for sowing earlier in the growing year so that you can get growing straight away!
  • This Vegetables Collection Box contains all you need to get started with a selection of 6 crops.  A great gift idea for someone you know who might have taken on an allotment for the first time too!
  • Although it seems early to think about autumn and next winter’s crops, it’s time to think about sowing brassicas.  This Brassica Collection gathers together 4 popular varieties for later in the season.
  • No vegetable garden is complete without onions and so try this Heat Treated Onion Collection for red and white onions that will store through the winter and can be eaten fresh too.
  • There is no doubt that home-grown salads have more taste and are washed in less chemicals than the expensive bags of lettuce you can buy in the supermarkets.  This Salad Leaves Collection includes 6 easy to grow lettuce varieties that will supply your kitchen for a whole season.
  • Soft fruit is by far the best value crop to grow in your kitchen garden.  Planting this Strawberry Collection will give you fresh, sweet strawberries that taste like strawberries throughout the season with 3 varieties chosen for their early, mid and late season cropping.
  • And for a more permanent planting of soft fruit bushes, try this Currant Collection to plant Redcurrants, Blackcurrants and Whitecurrants in your plot.