Treading Softly - Environmentally considerate living in a rural english home and garden

Treading Softly

The Vegetable Garden




The vegetable gardenThe 50 square metre vegetable garden evolved over 8 years from the previous owners' bonfire heap into a productive produce area. Its primary feature is the organic home-made compost which is added to it every year. It has metre-high rabbit proof perimeter fencing, recycled paving slab footpaths [including some 1960's swimming pool edging slabs recovered from a neighbour], a gravity fed rainwater butt and a small fast composting bin.

The wholly organic, pesticide-free, herbicide-free garden uses only natural light, natural temperatures and home grown compost. All water is rainwater. All watering is by watering can. All weeding is by hand. Pest management help is available from ladybirds, blackbirds, thrushes and marigolds.

The only nutrient supplement is a little, Blood and Bone two weeks before planting in spring every 3 or 4 years to complement the composting.

A typical plot plan has been:

  2010 2011 (Planned) The Vegetable garden in MayVegetable Garden in MarchThe Cottage - Veg Patch Plan - 2009
Vegetables Asparagus
Early Potato (Arun Pilot)
Main Potato (Desiree)
Shallot
Red and White Onion
2 Varieties of Garlic
Broad Bean
Climbing French Bean
Courgette
Rocket
Leek
Lettuce
Swiss Chard
Tomato
Asparagus
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Main Potato (Desiree)
Shallot
Red and White Onion
Garlic
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Climbing French Bean
Courgette
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Leek
Lettuce
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Tomato
Radish


Fruit Raspberry
Gooseberry
Rhubarb
Raspberry
Gooseberry
Rhubarb

Flowers Sunflower
Delphinium

Sunflower
Foxgloves
Hollyhocks

 


   In 2013 the management of the Vegetable Garden was changed to provide greater biodiversity and reduced digging as described in this Blog:    http://www.treadingsoftly.org/blog/?p=28