My colleague just saw the title of this post over my shoulder and had a go at me for being un-pc, presumably thinking I was writing about people in the office. That would be the subject of another, very depressing, blog.
Anyhow, we had a go growing vegetables in our new garden this year, just where we thought the veg patch should go. I think we got about three courgettes from two plants – they were that prolific.
Partly it was down to the clay soil, so we know we need to get organic matter into the soil and we’ve decided raised beds are the way ahead, having battled with London’s soil in the past. But also the area gets too much shade from the gigantic apple and pear trees at the foot of the garden.
So the new plan is to bring the veg forward, right into what is now the main lawn. I’ve been inspired by a great book by Joy Larkcom called Creative Vegetable Gardening. It basically takes the approach that vegetables can be ornamental and can grow anywhere in a garden.
Rather than hiding the veg away, we’ll pretty much get rid of flower beds altogether, replacing them with a fan of raised veg beds. The fences will be covered in trained soft fruit and espalier trees.