Tip 1: What Are Your Favourite Vegetables?
There is no point in growing what you don’t like or have no use for.
Don’t plant too many plants of one variety. For example, there is no
need for 6 courgette plants that need a lot of space if you only have to
feed a family of four.
Two or three courgette plants are enough for a
family and you will still have enough to give away for your neighbors!
Tip 2: Have Your Seedlings Started Ahead Of Time!
Start your vegetables ahead of time in the greenhouse or on a
windowsill. This will save valuable time in your raised beds. Depending
on the time of the year and vegetable this can save you 4-5 weeks.
can then transplant the hardened off seedlings into your raised beds
after other crops have been harvested. You also always have gap fillers
handy when you need them.
We use reusable multi-cell trays for this
technique. The benefit of these is that each plant will have its own
individual rootball that doesn’t get disturbed when you transplant them.
Tip 3: Growing Vegetables In Raised Beds With A Good Return On Investment!
Some vegetables can be harvested over and over without having to be
replanted. Grow these at the right time of the year (some of them are
best as a fall and winter crop) and you can harvest for months from the
same plant! Here are some examples:
Kale (Red Russian, Curly Kale, Cavolo Nero,…)
Loose Leaf Cabbage
New Zealand Spinach
Mustard Leaves (Winter)
Wild Rocket (Arugula)
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Tip 4: Grow Pick Leaf Lettuce!
Instead of growing lettuce
as a head and harvesting the whole plant at once consider growing loose
leaf or pick leaf varieties. This way you can get much more and longer
out of a single plant.
Another benefit of this method is that you
can grow different varieties with a different colour and texture of the
leaves. That is so much nicer and more interesting in your salad bowl!
Tip 5: Use Inter-cropping Techniques
Some vegetables need a long time to mature and they also need to be
planted far apart because they will grow big. Some examples for this are
kale, broccoli or courgettes.
the vacant space in between those plants while they are small and plant
quick growing and maturing vegetables in between. You can use lettuce,
radishes or scallions for this purpose. By the time the bigger
vegetables grow to their full size these quick maturing will be
Tip 6: Extend the Growing Season With Floating Row Covers
If you cover your raised beds with hoops and floating row covers (fleece) you can grow vegetables all year round even in quite cold climates. Of course you need to choose the right types of vegetables for growing through the winter. You won’t be able to grow tomatoes this way but a lot of other vegetables are suitable for winter harvesting. Here are some example to give you an idea:
Oriental Greens (Mizuna, Mibuna)
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