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Growing in raised beds is a real boom area in gardening right now and it's little wonder when you realise just how easy it can be and how many delicious vegetables you can cram into a small space. Let's take a look at how one of our attractive Manger Raised Bed Planters - all 8ft of it - can transform a barren patio into a vegetable oasis, starting with watering.
Here at Stephanies Kitchen Garden, we will be sowing more seeds this week. Under cover in the heated propagator we will be sowing chilli peppers. Outside, we have a raised bed prepared as a seed bed and in this we will be sowing leeks, calabrese, spinach and cabbages.
Composting is not just a big garden thing. We can all do it and convert our kitchen and garden waste and a lot more besides into usable compost for the garden and there is a method to suit everyone.
Here at Stephanie's Kitchen Garden, we will be sowing seed outside this week. In our Superior Raised Beds, we will be sowing 'Amsterdam Forcing', an early variety of carrot. These will be given protection using a PVC cover and Hoops kit to keep them warm and snug whilst they germinate.
One of the great pleasures of gardening is to grow your own plants from seed. Unfortunately the exhilaration of planting out can quickly be followed by the anguish of seeing plants nibbled by wildlife or blasted by unseasonal weather if not covered with garden netting or crop protection.