Vegetables can be gown anywhere in the garden and now is the time to start preparing for March planting.
Late January/February – Prepare your Patch
The ideal location is a sunny spot that is not over-hung by trees.
You only need a space six foot by six foot to start. You can always increase the size next year if you enjoy it.
Just as an aside: For a small space any of our recommended vegetables can be planted in pots or containers.
Unless you are lucky enough to find an area that is only soil it is likely the area will need preparing before you sow your delicious freshly grown vegetables.
TIP: If you are starting with a patch of weeds or even if you have stolen a patch of lawn, you first need to kill the area off using a weed killer. We suggest Round Up as this weed killer ensures all the roots die as well. See our Weed Warfare section for more information. Round Up has the added benefit of becoming inactive as soon as it hits the soil so it will not inhibit any sowings and plantings in your new vegetable patch.
After this preparation, leave your area to rest for a week or two. Now for a bit of hard work! A six foot square will not take long to prepare. Perhaps tackle half on one day and half the next so it is not an arduous task.
Using a garden fork, plunge it into the soil for about six inches or the depth of the fork. Then turn the soil over and leave it in big chunks. You need to ensure that what was first on the top needs to be on the bottom. Any obvious lumps of grass or weed can be discarded. Do not overly worry, the majority will break down. Work in a line across the area until the whole patch has been dug over. Then sit back and admire your hard work and let nature take its course. The chunks of soil will break down with frost and rain over the next month doing the work for you.
This is the point where you need to buy your seeds. We have listed our recommended varieties in the links below. Just click on the vegetable you want to plant:
Coming soon…. March vegetable planting for a step by step guide on how to plant your vegetables.