Hi everyone, I took a little break over the past month with writing as I was getting ready for my family to move to me in the UK.

I haven’t been with my wife and 2 sons since last November. It has been tough apart. They have a school setup which I have seen and I am very happy with. I have been busy making their transition better. And part of that was to create a kitchen garden.

When we were together in South Korea we grew various plants on our balcony. It’s such a valuable education for children. I remember my childhood with great memories with my grandfather who had a cold frame and a veg plot. And so it’s now my turn to give them the inspiring memories with their own garden in England.

More veg Please!

First I decreased the plants that were here by thinning out, splitting and carefully choosing places that give colour and feature throughout the year. At the moment the places weren’t used well.

I also removed some that gave it an early autumnal feel as some looked as though the summer was over.  This then creates much more space for the actual plot.  In theory, we should have enough for plenty of different vegetables to grow.  I will take a large rectangle of grass from the right and place along the fence as the sun doesn’t fall there.

Gardens should be social and practical. For most its the biggest room you have, so why not make it so.


I also created a designated compost area (top right). I believe that when we cut plants down they should be recycled and not thrown in the bin as the energy from that plant would be lost.

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Welcome to my Jungle!

As you can see the grass and weeds are out of control and will ALL have to be removed. If I question doing this, I just think of my boys and I am back to it. It’s hard on the back and legs doing all this.

There is a fair bit of space to use and should give us lots of food throughout the year. It’s also a great way to save money. The amount we spend on food would reduce when this gets running.

Another challenge is to find things to grow and harvest next spring.
Back to the digging!

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. tomcoppin

    Hi Nigel, great post and awesome ideas. We’re also at the beginning of growing our own food on an allotment we’ve recently got, so feel your pain with all of the digging! Hope your plans come to fruition. Tom

    1. Nigel

      Cheers Tom. My plans are changing constantly. At least the main area is settling during the winter.
      Good luck to you too.

  2. Miriam Hurdle

    Good job! I’m 100% for your plan. I don’t have a vegetable garden but I have an edible garden in that there are orange, plum and apple trees and grape vines. I have also herbs such as mint and rosemary. I planted vegetables such as tomatoes, pea pods, cucumber and other veggies, but I don’t have a good spot for veggies, so I settled for less. I’m sure your family and your kids will be happy and learn a lot with your veggie garden. I’m happy to know they are joining you!

    1. Nigel

      Hi Miriam, glad you like it and it sounds like you have green fingers. Before was just squeezing them in anywhere, but they need space to grow well. Hope the kids get into it 🙂

      1. Miriam Hurdle

        Yes, it would be a fun project for them to do and learn to take responsibilities whatever you assign them to do!

    1. Nigel

      Oh yes. I can say I do ache. It was a good work out

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