Vegetarians need a lot of veggie patches

As a family who eats a predominately  plant based diet, it made complete sense to put that pretty useless front lawn to good use by creating another veggie patch. Two in fact.

After juggling the aesthetics, longevity and expense of garden beds, I framed up my first patch. I covered the lawn in newspaper, tossed together some well rotted compost and old sheep manure, covered it in pea straw and watered it in. I then let it sit for the next month or so.

As Autumn rolled around, I planted broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and kale. Rogue pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes and warrigals quickly sprung up on their own accord. Disappointingly, only the warrigals flourished, the former two never fruiting, the potatoes dug out, due to space constraints.

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So I hear gardening is relaxing?

I admit I was always under the impression that gardening was generally a recreation for the elderly, a leisurely way to pass retirement, a form of zen and relaxation. I mean, clearly, there was some hard work involved- but overall it appeared pretty chilled. This, I rapidly discovered, was far from true, and this ‘hobby,’ it doesn’t suffer weakness.

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The Veggie Patch

I started planting my veggie patch in early September, the beginning of Spring. With two raised garden beds, divided in half each, I had four veggie patches to fill. This post covers my P.O.A (Plan of Attack.)

Throughout my planning I constantly referred to the excellent book ‘The Little Veggie Patch- How to grow food in small spaces’ by Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember. As a beginner, I really recommend this book, it is well laid out, has enough detail to answer nearly all of my questions, is aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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