In March this year I decided to set aside a small area of my garden as a vegetable plot. I cleared an area 2.8m x 1.3m back to bear earth and created a raised border around it
I have a heavy clay soil in my garden so I dug the area over and mixed sand, leaf mulch, home made compost and the ash from my woodburning stove
Once completed it looked like this
Firstly I planted Chard, Parsley, Lettuce, Fat Hen and Sorrel. A couple of weeks later I planted potatoes, carrots, onions and divided up a Garlic bulb I had bought from a local supermarket and planted each clove.
By July my veg patch was looking much greener
From my twelve potato plants I harvested enough potato’s for three weeks meals. I did not pull my lettuces but instead cut them just above ground level and each time they regrew. I had enough lettuces for over two months.
I am still harvesting the Chard and Fat Hen now. The carrots have been slow to grow and I have only been pulling them for a couple of weeks. I planted the onions too deep and so they did not grow very well but the garlic was a great success
I now have Leeks planted to replace the potatoes and will harvest them in the winter.