Block Planting Vegetables in Beds
From: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Vegetable Gardening
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.
Text copyright 2007 Royal Horticultural Society