My Kitchen Garden

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Today I have a quick tour of my kitchen garden. One of the first things I did when we moved house is plan the garden. While house hunting, I didn’t even consider anything without a good sized garden so it was wonderful to finally find something within our budget with plenty of space for planting and growing, as well as for the children to play.

I ordered these raised beds from Quickcrop who provided an excellent service. My husband assembled them for me and I laid them straight on the lawn, with weed suppressing membranes for the path areas (tucked just under each raised bed edge to prevent weeds coming through). I then emptied the pea gravel on top and had the raised beds filled with compost (I think I bought a tonne bag and divided it between the four beds). It’s not perfect and we haven’t got round to finishing the edges, but I’m really pleased with the result.

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Lettuce Descartes from seed, bought from Sarah Raven. It’s such a pretty, soft lettuce.

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I also planted red iceberg which is working well as a cut and come again salad crop. Last year I bought a living salad from Lidl and planted them out individually, which produced lots of beautiful lettuces.

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This bed is for tomatoes and aubergine, and there is a swiss chard plant leftover from last autumn which is still producing leaves. The marigold (Calendula ‘Nova’) has self seeded everywhere after I planted it last year.

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In other beds we have herbs, cucumber, courgette, spring onions, carrots, radishes, dwarf beans and Swiss chard growing. I decided to plant the vegetables I might need to look after more closely and herbs I need while cooking at home, while the other veg has gone in at the allotment.

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