The rising cost of living, not to mention the shortages of some fruit and veg on supermarket shelves, is making growing your own an increasingly attractive proposition for many gardeners. Here Nelson Potter, who are top timber suppliers in East Anglia, provide some tips if you want to go down this route and enjoy some truly locally-sourced produce.
Prepare the Plot…
Measure out the dimensions of where you want the plot to go. Choosing a spot with the right amount of sun, shade and rainfall for your fruit or veg of choice.
Then you will need to cut the turf and remove it. The ground will have to be moist for this task, however, you can water the grass beforehand. Should you have a compost heap this turf is a great addition. In the same vein, get rid of any weeds all the way down to the root.
After this has been done, it may help if you lay down some soil conditioner or mulch, because these retain moisture and suppress weeds and will give your fruit or veg the best chance of success.
…Or Add a Raised Bed
This is a good idea if your soil doesn’t drain very well or is otherwise difficult to grow vegetables in. Alternatively, it is also a good choice if you have a limited amount of space in your garden.
Raised beds have the benefit of being able to use better soil (as well as conditioners and composts) compared to the rest of your garden. And, because you will be working at a higher height, it shouldn’t be as arduous, particularly if you have a bad back.
As timber suppliers, we stock sleepers, machine rounds and half rounds, which are all ideal for creating your raised bed.
Protect Your Crop
Whatever you are growing, you don’t want to lose it to pests and animals. At Nelson Potter, we also stock a wide range of wire fencing products, including rabbit wire and chicken wire, which we supply to customers in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and across Suffolk. These will stop any birds or bunnies from devouring your precious fruit and veg, whatever growth stage of growth it has reached.
In addition, a windbreak may be helpful if the patch is in a particularly exposed spot. It may also be helpful if it is fenced off, although you don’t want to deprive it of valuable sunlight.
What to Grow?
East Anglia generally has heavy clay soil, which is thick, heavy and doesn’t break up very easily. Although it does retain moisture well, unfortunately this means it doesn’t lend itself well to growing fruit and veg.
If you choose not to use any soil conditioners and compost, then vegetables with shallow roots may be best, such as lettuce, chard and green beans. If you are going to give your crop a helping hand, then you have a much wider choice including strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and tomatoes in the summer months, and you can also try squash and pumpkins later in the year.
If you are planting or sowing in the next month or so, then it’s the right time of year for beetroot, carrots, turnips, leeks, radishes, spinach, Brussels sprouts, summer cabbage, lettuces, parsnips, broad beans, leeks, broccoli and cauliflower. You can also grow some plants in containers, such as peas and herbs.
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