It's been quite a summer here in my new potager - remember those images back in mid-February of the tangled space which I set out to convert into a square-metre plot of four raised beds to grow vegetables, herbs, salads and edible flowers - and all surrounded by a wild-life friendly shrubbery? Click here if you would like to remind yourself of the task I faced exactly five months ago. It's come a long way since then and has proved to be the most enjoyable and productive of all the six potagers I have created over the last 20 years - the others all still exist in one form or another, but this has become my favourite, and the most easily managed.
|one corner of one of the square-metre beds has been devoted to lettuce; spring onions alongside and in the very centre, a bamboo tower up which are climbing borlotti beans|
All the vegetables and salads have been grown from seed supplied by Dobies; many are new varieties specifically designed for small spaces; you can pack the plants closer together, and operate a cut-and-come-again system with salads - pick what you want and allow the plants to re-grow.
|these cabbages were grown last year from Dobies plug plants, using the method described below|
|The WWF Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show last week;|
demonstrating that they are as concerned to save habitats as pandas.
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