Planning a small urban garden

I am a massive Pintrest fan (LoveAndGarlic if you must know…) but when it comes to gardening, it fails me miserably. A search for “small gardens” invariably shows up a load of results that are all larger than the footprint of my whole house. Such is the problem with not living in America, land of Pintrest users and, well, space. So what’s a keen gardener to do with a puny city garden and a yearning for green growth? Well, you plan, that’s what. You plan exactly what you’re going to do with every single inch of space. You find ways to grow up, as well as out. You spend hours poring over seed catalogues and standing outside frowning at fences that are stubbornly too weak to support full on vertical gardening panels. You clear out all of the dead plants that your builders carelessly smothered to death and hang baskets and wall baskets and create a blank canvas:

 And then you develop The Plan:

And voila. The garden won’t come close to providing what we need in terms of food. But it will provide ample opportunity for GarlicBoy and I to grow a very wide variety of fruit and vegetables to cook together in the kitchen so I think the experience is what’s important here. I’ve ordered the plugs and the seeds, filled the raised beds and now we just wait! 

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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