I moved into my new house about 3 weeks ago. I say "new" house, it's not so new! It's a lovely 1930s property with a large garden (one of the reasons for buying the house). The garden plot is approx. 60/70m long by approx. 10m/12m wide. The garden is well established and I am having lots of fun creating borders and keeping on top of the lawn in the main part of the space. At the bottom of the garden I have reserved a section for my new veg plot (how exciting!!) which is about 12m long and between 5 and 8m wide. It is currently covered in lawn, bushes and my new shed is currently under construction . I previously had quite a small garden, so have only ever grown fruit and veg in pots. The garden is South facing and there are some trees and bushes that line the space. I was intending to put in some raised beds so it is easy to manage the veg beds. I intend to position the beds where they will get lots of sun light.
So my key questions to all you clever people out there....
- Do my veg plot ideas seem sensible...raised beds, full sun etc?
- Is it sensible to test the type of soil I have and respond to this accordingly? Or will this not matter if I add additional soil in the raised beds?
- As it is mid May, I fear I have missed the boat for planting this year. Is there anything that I can plant over the coming weeks to ensure I get some decent produce during the summer and beyond?
Any tips, advice or further reading would be welcomed.