Block Planting Vegetables in Beds
An easy way to grow crops is in beds, where the gardener can focus on improving the soil, removing weeds and planting dense blocks of vegetables in a manageable, defined area.
Model of Efficiency
One big advantage of growing crops in beds is that the whole bed can be reached from the path. This means that the soil does not get trampled and no space has to be left between plants for access, allowing crops, such as these leeks, to be grown closer together in efficient blocks.
Decorative and Practical
Specially constructed brick beds are ideal for tiny gardens because they look decorative, and even very narrow beds can still support useful crops of herbs, salad leaves and, where the soil is deep enough, as it is here, parsnips.
Low-Maintenance Kitchen Garden
This garden demonstrates that using beds makes it easier to keep paths weed-free, and you need add organic matter only to the soil that will be used for growing. Crops can also be weeded and picked without getting muddy shoes.
Raised Beds for Easy Vegetable Cultivation
Not only do raised beds bring interesting height and structure to a garden design, they also elevate the level of the soil to make cultivation and harvesting your vegetables much less strenuous.
Tips for a Raised-Bed Vegetable Garden
Raised-bed vegetable gardening takes very little space and allows vegetables to be grown closer together.
Growing Cucumbers Vertically
Cucumbers feel right at home growing vertically, either on a trellis or in a tomato cage.
Kohlrabi and Yardlong Beans
These vegetables are grown as annuals -- kohlrabi is a cool-season crop and yardlong beans and white eggplants are warm-season crops.
Growing and Harvesting Kohlrabi, Yardlong Beans and White Eggplant
Here are some growing tips and harvesting hints to help maximize the yield of kohlrabi, yardlong-bean and white-eggplant crops.
Growing Vegetables in Containers
It is possible to grow a huge range of vegetables and herbs successfully in pots, which means that anyone with a patio, balcony or even just a sunny windowsill can harvest their own fresh produce for the kitchen.
Eggplant comes in many shapes and colors, the most common color being dark purple. But white-skinned varieties are tasty and easy to grow, and they give a garden a special twist.
Gardening in Containers
Follow this guide for the selection of containers and learn how to make almost any container suitable for growing vegetables.
Learn about the different types of cucumbers and discover how easy it is to plant and grow these cool, crisp veggies.
How to Plant and Grow Peas
To be a successful backyard pea farmer -- and picker -- follow directions, keep the birds away and feed the soil.
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