As the years go by we enjoy growing vegetables more and more. We are very successful
at growing most vegetables however it is a long way to the veg. patch from the
kitchen - it is not unusual for us to dig up parsnips in the winter by torchlight
and in the summer to find that the salads have gone over before we have picked
them! We have most success with vegetables that will tolerate resting in the
ground like leeks, parsnips and potatoes. We grow quite a lot of rather unusual
vegetables such as sweetcorn, butternut squash and Jerusalem artichokes.
Most of the vegetables are grown in a deep bed system where the beds are very thoroughly prepared in the first year and then just top dressed in subsequent years. We try hard not to walk on the beds, it really makes a difference as the soil never gets compacted, drains very well and seeds germinate well too.
We also grow vegetables in "the field", where there is plenty of space to expand; our marrows are something to write home about but you wouldn’t want to include one as an enclosure!
Our orginal veg plot and our current veg plot.