Well this is an experiment that worked well… I really don’t have the room for a big vegetable patch and I certainly don’t have the time or inclination to take on an allotment! So we have bought a few little raised bed kits. They measure one metre square and I am putting them on the patio where they are close to hand and the kitchen.
Now the next question was what should we grow? I think very sensibly (me, sensible?) no seriously, very sensibly we sat and wrote a list of which vegetables we eat a lot and made a careful plan. I then trotted off to the garden centre and made my purchases… but was a little careless perhaps in checking the quantities!
I really thought we had only bought a handful of lettuce plants – hmm as you can see from the pictures, we now have two beds full of lettuce – anyone for lettuce soup or lettuce smoothies? Does lettuce freeze? Nope… anyway we chose lettuce/salad leaves as we do have a salad every day. Then I added four beetroot plants, four carrots, four spinach, four cabbage and four broccoli.
Everything is currently thriving, which is excellent. I have tried the baby spinach leaves (I have them in green smoothies) and they are yummy – the lettuce and salad leaves are gorgeous and currently being shared around the family and neighbours!
So if you think you can’t grow any veg – maybe you could try a 1m square raised bed, it’s fairly small. Or, in fact, you can get even smaller crates for growing salad greens – why not give it a try?
Our photos show the work in progress… and how quickly everything grew into lovely, healthy and cost-effective veg!