Planning The Layout Of Your Kitchen Garden

Window sills, balconies and roof terraces can yield great vegetable crops if the perfect veg. Rocket, chard, parsley, tomatoes, mint, thyme, basil and chives are chosen which are all good candidates.

There isn’t any need to limit vegetable to one specific place if there’s a very small garden: lettuce can be grown as edging along edges since there are several varieties available to grow a work of art for which the Thompson & Morgan seed catalogue cover gives a good idea; or French and runner beans which develop trellises, in pots or up string on wooden fences – theyre worth growing for their blossoms alone. Some veggies even help in cultivating better soil – potatoes are excellent for opening up compacted soil so they help enhance the turf at a neglected garden. The possibilities are endless.

If there are more rooms, a plot could be taken and divide it into thin beds divided by paths so that there’s no need to walk the cultivated soil. This is referred to as the “bed system” and is the hottest of layouts. The bed system has many advantages: crop rotation is easier because it’s known exactly what went where and vegetables can be planted closer together than the instructions on the packets suggest because the soil will be in a good condition; and you can apply compost, manures and fertilizers exactly where they’re needed. If there are elevated beds the topsoil is deeper and the drainage is better.

Soil provides nutrients for plants and allows the roots to anchor the plant so that they can occupy water and air like individuals, roots need oxygen too. Good soil consists of 50 percent soil, 25 percent water and 25 percent air and it’s not impossible to make. The dig system, as its name suggests, means digging manure or mulch to the ground every autumn. The no-dig system means just putting the organic matter (this means its made of material that has lived, so leaves which have rotted down, kitchen waste, grass clippings, cow or chicken manure) on top of the soil in autumn. Earthworms drag it down to the soil and mix it up – so it is great for those who have back problems. As earthworms move about the soil they enhance its structure by producing more air passages. As a result the soil particles dont stick together as much and the roots find the soil easier to grow into.

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