hidden away like a guilty secret with the compost bins, rubbish cans and clothesline in a part of the section visitors couldn’t see.
paths. If you have the space, you could create a series of smaller plots linked by fruit trees or herb-lined paths.
and give the landscape some height. If that’s not practical, a trellis or fence behind the garden can provide a place to grow climbers such as grapes or miniature kiwifruit.
If you think your vegetable patch lacks charm, introduce a few plants in containers. It adds another dimension to the garden, and is especially good for growing invasive herbs such as mint.
Compost is possibly the least romantic of all garden components, and one that causes new gardeners a heap (excuse the pun) of issues.
But, happily, making it doesn’t have to be technical, complicated or even particularly scientific. Everyone has a method – simple or otherwise – and which one you use depends on how much time you have, and how much compost you want.
past and, after several weeks, you have compost. Of course, the issue is that you need at least two of them – and that would pay for a load of plants.
Add seating overlooking the vegetable garden so you can admire everything you’ve done.
Four raised beds linked by a sunken path make this vegetable garden practical and stylish. Trellising at the back provides somewhere for climbing plants to grow.
There are moves afoot all over the place to liberate the traditional vege patch and bring it, quel horreur, into the spotlight. We’re lucky that in
New Zealand, nobody gets too excited about that. In the United States, you’d be in all sorts of trouble. Over the past few years, since vege gardeners there finally figured out that the front garden was the go for growing food, several gardeners have been punished for their temerity.
her herbs and vegetables cleared from the front garden by the city authorities, and in Michigan, a mother of six faced a prison term for refusing to take out the raised beds in front of her home as they were deemed non compliant with a city ordinance.
and easily tended. But it’s also quite good looking!