Forever food

Just imagine a veg patch which goes on giving, year after year – no need to resow or plant up each spring, and nothing to clear away in autumn. All that’s needed is a bit of weeding, maybe some mulch and a little protection from pests – and in return you get armfuls of produce …

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The October veg garden

Harvesting this month: French beans, carrots, the last of the courgettes and patty pan summer squash, Musquee de Provence winter squash, potatoes (maincrops to store), raspberries, curled-leaf and flat-leaf parsley, baby-leaf salads from pots outside the back door. Sowing this month: Broad beans for overwintering, beetroot (for leaves), turnips (for leaves), spring onions, and round-rooted …

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The September veg garden

Harvesting this month: French beans, courgettes, patty pan summer squash, sweetcorn, potatoes (the last of the second earlies to eat, plus maincrops to store), apples and raspberries, plus cucumbers and tomatoes from the greenhouse, and baby-leaf salads from pots outside the back door. Sowing this month: Autumn-sown (Japanese) onions and lots of salads, for outside …

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Plant yourself a coronavirus veg garden

So here we all are, stuck at home with time on our hands, chaos in the supermarkets, trying not to think about an uncertain future. What better time to start growing your own food! This is the first installment of a series taking you setting up your first veg garden week by week – starting …

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I’m a gardener and garden writer based in Somerset, in the glorious countryside of the south-west of England.

I’ve been developing sustainable, low-carbon and eco-friendly gardening methods since 2013, and have written two books and many articles about this, and about veg growing more generally, mainly for The Garden (the RHS journal), BBC Gardeners’ World magazine and Telegraph Gardening. I also teach online and via email mentoring, and give talks to gardening clubs across the south of England.

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