We have decided to go down the route of using raised beds to grow our vegetables. This is mainly due to the fact that the soil where we live is not great and full of boulders – not just stones but huge rocks.
Another factor in the decision was that we got to know the guys at a local company Quickcrop, who inspired us with their passion for growing vegetables. You should check out their site – they provide raised beds, seeds, plants, have some fantastic videos describing how to grow veg and an excellent monthly newsletter.
We are the proud owners of 4 2mx1m Quickcrop raised beds, complete with the most amazing compost. They arrived quite late last year but we managed to grow vegetables and salads including osaka, rocket, mizuna, broad beans, peas, spinach, chard, carrots and beetroot.
We’ll be using them extensively this year as well as giving one section of the raised beds over entirely for the children to manage – check back to see how we get on!