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How Does Your Garden Grow?

  • 1st Jul 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Living in a residential park home comes with a lot of benefits. Being surrounded by lots of wide open spaces and beautiful countryside is certainly one, and a slower paced, better quality of life is another.
 
Of course, as well as enjoying the creature comforts of your park home, you will want to make the most of your outdoor space too. Decking and patio is one option, which you will certainly enjoy in the warmer months. Planting colourful shrubs and pots is also a good choice.
 
If you want to make the most of your patch all year round though, ensuring that it looks impressive and offers plenty for you to do, consider growing your own fruit, veg and herbs.
 
You don’t have to go digging deep for a veg patch, nor do you need space for sprawling orchards. There are simple, space and time-efficient ways to grow your own in the garden. So read on for more.
 
Vegetables
 
Instead of digging up your garden or risking poor quality soil, build yourself a raised-bed vegetable garden.
 
Though you can’t grow certain vegetables, specifically those with long roots and great height like potatoes and corn, you will get a good yield. It doesn’t matter what quality soil is underneath, you can even build the bed on concrete, just make sure you put good quality compost in the lined bed and ensure it gets plenty of sunlight (six hours a day).

For a guide on how to construct a raised-bed vegetable garden out of material such as stone, wood, brick and cinderblock, see here. As for what vegetables to grow, try some (or all) of the below…

  • Tomatoes
  • Marrow/Cucumber
  • Peppers (sweet or spicy)
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Sugar Snap Peas

Fruit
 
There is nothing more refreshing than a perfectly ripe, freshly picked apple from your own garden. If you want to grow your own garden, fruit is a tasty, fragrant and attractive choice of crop. Whilst fruit can also be grown in raised beds, you do have other options. Make use of pots and containers, which will work well for most fruits. You can even dot these pots and containers around the garden to add some attractive colour and greenery, as well as provide you with a tasty harvest.
 
Some fruits you could opt for include:

  • Apples (culinary and eating)
  • Cherries (Sunburst, Stella)
  • Grapes (New York Muscat, Seybal Blanc)
  • Olives
  • Peaches (Duke of York, Garden Lady, Peregrine)
  • Pears (Concorde, Conference)
  • Plums (Opal, Victoria)
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries

For more tips on growing your own fruit, see the Royal Horticultural Society’s guide.
 
Herbs
 
Herbs can grow to an impressive size, but they don’t necessarily require the same space as their fruit and veg counterparts. If you want to put them in the raised vegetable garden, you can. If you want them in a pot, that’s fine too. And if you are a little pushed for space, you can even pop them in a window box or similar-sized planter; just imagine casually being able to pick fresh herbs to add to your pasta sauce…Try these popular herbs in your garden:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Mint

Of course, these are just some suggestions as to what you can do with your garden to make it practical and pretty, all at the same time.
 
If you want more inspiration, you can find countless blogs and gardening magazines, as well as forums and features on and offline. Check out 35 Easy-to-Grow Container Fruits, Veg and Herbs here.
 
Don’t be afraid to ask your neighbours for help and advice too, especially those with allotments of their own or a keen interest in gardening. Once you have your garden planned and everything you need, you can go and grow to your heart’s content!

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