Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:18
Looks like you've put in alot of hard work. Good advise, double digging the area and putting in lots of compost will prepare the ground well for next years veg plot.
It's surprising how much veg and the varieties you can grow in a relatively small space. If the garden gets alot of sun and the hedge on right and tree don't shade the area too much then you are on to a winner.
Grow veg you and your family like to eat and try lots of different varieties the first year because some will do well and others won't. You won't mind one or two failures if you get sucesses too. You'll also learn what grows well in your soil and location.
Ideally 4 veg beds allow you to rotate veg but I get by with 3.
If you are thinking of fruit, autumns the time to plant. Rubarb would do well near the tree. Gooseberry and currant bushes would also do well there. I have fruit bushes in an area 1ft by 10ft, shaded by a GH and was pleased with the crop this year. Be mindful of planting rasberries. They put out runners under ground and in a small area may start popping up in the veg beds.