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Will hopefully send a picture of neighbours tomorrow. WE have clay and 50's ex-MOD houses. They have a small but productive front veg garden that has been going for about 2 1/2 years
Most of us veg garden on raised beds about 30cm high
Hi Red Dahlia, you could try emulating the French potager style. For early in the year you could grow lettuces which come in a wide range of colours and by arranging them in patterns they can look very attractive, perhaps interspersed with beetroot, with its red veined leaves. Swiss chard comes in a few bright colours, the most common being a red one (ruby chard) and one called bright yellow. You can sow chard both early and quite late with a late sowing often surviving through the winter. Savoy cabbages (mid green through to dark blue/green) planted in a pattern could look good all winter. For summer, try coloured cauliflowers. You could even plant espaliered fruit trees (typically apples) acting as low fences to separate the beds. The best thing is you can eat everything (unlike some real French potager gardens where they never actually eat the stuff - that attitude doesn't have any place in my garden!) The above are just a few of the possibilites which come to mind. There are lots of veg which can be grown for their attractive look, as well as for food.
It was much to late last night when I came across your post to write something , I bought a book last year in Aldi I think it was under €4 , and as Bob says The Potager may be the way to go I have taken some pictures from the book and set below to give you some Idea.........
I hope this give's you some Ideas
Mixing veg and other purely decorative plants in a formal pattern could look good also- best of both worlds and means you can use whole plot successfully- box balls to frame/no grass perhaps?? The espaliered fruit trees are a great idea Bob. Totally agree with you re the French potager thing! It's a bit soul destroying the way they don't eat it!
A few years ago when we lived in an inner-city terrace and had a small front garden not much bigger than a large dining table, we planted a small plum tree in the middle, ruby chard around the edge and filled the middle with a mixture of broad beans and wallflowers - it looke gorgeous and was productive, and attracted lots of pollinating insects too
After the broadbeans and wallflowers we sowed salad leaves and nasturtiums (I like nasturtium leaves with salami in a sandwich).
Might be worth thinking of erecting/growing some sort of windbreak if the plot's that exposed.
How about some photos of the front garden; it would help people to give you advice.
Plant some low shrubs round the outside to break the wind and give you some colour.
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Wow lots of research to get on with. Was wondering about oak raised beds and then some low fencing like willow or something maybe to keep it kind of enclosed. Any ideas in the structural side?? Funny enough I think veg is pretty but it's those bare winter months that worry me. And also the wind cuts through the frontage terribly! As we are on a hill.
Well, leeks and chard and broccoli and kale and brussels sprouts will all stand through (most) winters. And there's the option of sowing green manure as well.
Red D. I am sure one of the technocrats can help you.
Anyone know how to put a picture in using an iPhone??
Afraid it can't be done. If you have the facility, email or transfer photo to PC, and upload it to the site from there.
You can upload from an iPhone to somewhere like ImageShack, using an "App". You'll get a link which you can copy. Then, back on the upload screen from this site, click "An external site" and paste that link into where it says "URL". At least I thnk that's a way to do it, not having an iPhone myself!