A Family Vegetable Garden – Edible Garden Design, Bromley, Kent

What is a Family Vegetable Garden?

We were contacted by a client who wanted to start growing their own vegetables in their garden in Bromley, Kent but needed the garden re-designed to make room for the fruit and vegetables.
They needed an edible garden design that fitted in with their existing garden, leaving room for the lawn, Wendy house, patio and flower borders. They also wanted gardening lessons, so they could learn how to make the best use of their new kitchen garden.

 

 

Our top priorities for this family vegetable garden design in Bromley were:
• to utilise empty and unused space
• create easily maintained raised vegetable beds

We designed an edible garden to fit within the roughly triangular space that was most suited as a ‘grow your own’ area within the existing garden.
A narrow shingle path was incorporated between the two long raised beds. Another path leading to the raised vegetable beds was paved and interplanted with low growing herbs that will take a reasonable amount of walking on.

 

Raised Beds for the Family Vegetable Garden Design

Raised beds are well suited to easy maintenance vegetable gardening. This Bromley garden design had two long raised beds made from oak sleepers, shaped to make best use of the available space. These raised beds were then sub-divided to provide maximum flexibility for different vegetables.

Fruit trees, apple, cherry and plum, were planted to both sides of the raised beds to add to the productive area. Beneath these fruit trees we planted strawberries, a mix of varieties to give a long season of fruit; and flowers to encourage pollinating insects such as bees.

 

Gardening Lessons to get the most from your Family Vegetable Garden

Once we had designed and created this edible garden in Bromley, Kent, we then gave ‘grow your own’ gardening course to the clients.
These gardening lessons were given over the main growing season. Both parents and enthusiastic toddler got involved – a family vegetable garden indeed!