Garden

The Patch Plan

Sow… I finally got round to making a plan for the vegetable patch yesterday. I’ve never done one before but seeing everyone else’s start to appear on Instagram I thought I would. Hopefully it will mean I get more out of the patch rather than running out of room or it being a jumbled mess.

This is the fourth year I have been growing in the patch. It’s a raised bed measuring approx 6.25 X 1.3 meters. It has railway sleeper edging and is filled with rotted down compost. My family donate all their rotted down compost to the patch!

The empty patch a few weeks ago.

I buy all my seeds from Lidl as they are so cheap and I’ve never had any problems with germination or small harvests. I saw them in Lidl a few weeks ago so grabbed everything I wanted. I should have really checked what I already had as I still had a lot left from last year and had been given some from friends as well! Last years are still in date so will use those up first.

 

Seed supply.

 

Here is the plan…

Patch plan.

I’ve also made a colour coded list of what needs to be sown when. It’s still getting a bit frosty here and I don’t have a green house, apart from a mini IKEA one which is amazing – might have to get another one at the weekend, so will wait until nearer the end of the month before I start sowing.

 

Sowing guide.

 

I completely forgot to think about rotation until I had finished drawing and colouring but nothing is going to be planted in the same place as last year so I think I’ll just give it a go and keep my fingers crossed.

I have two wooden troughs which I got out of a skip. One currently has herbs in it but am going to put those into pots and have lettuce growing in both. There will also be lots of tomatoes and cucumbers plants which my friends mum gives me when they are OK to go outside.

The two blueberry bushes where given to me by my mum as Dylan (the dog) used to eat them before she had a chance to pick them!

 

Dylan in the strawberries. He was too quick to catch eating the blueberries!

 

The plan may have been drawn too soon though as I’m off to the Edible Garden Show tomorrow so I may come back with a million and one ideas and need to to completely re draw it!

I want to start thinking about what I can grow over the winter months as I don’t like seeing the patch empty. Does anyone have any ideas what I can grow?

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