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Just as the kitchen is considered the heart of a house, I see the vegetable garden as the heart of a garden. When you grow vegetables, fruits and herbs, you don’t feel like you have to do everything right the first time. There will be a period of trial and error while you get to know your soil and the type of products that work well in its microclimate and appearance. Below are some ideas to get you started.

1. Divide your plot into flower beds so that you can manage the plants more easily and make sure that they are rotated to prevent soil ailments. Delimit the flower beds to define them in the garden and create paths between them. In Allt-y-bela, where we are surrounded by forest, the oak edge fits perfectly, but you can also use brick, stone or tiles and choose a path material that complements the edge. Our paths are made of gravel, which reduces the damage caused by snails and corresponds to the simplicity of the vegetable garden.

2. Create an enclosure to protect the property from potential predators. I used here simple woven hazelnut panels tied on oak poles. You can use dry stone or brick walls or even simple blankets.

3.Grow tomatoes in pots or flower beds. One of my first memories is the smell of the distinctive aromatic leaves of tomatoes. They are so easy to grow and never disappoint. I always look forward to tasting them directly from the vine. I take a pinch of salt and rub my fingers on the leaves before tasting the fruit with the salt for a complete tomato experience.

4.Use step-shaped and dome-shaped fruits in smaller plots to save space in the main flower beds. We planted bulbs in an arc at the entrance to the garden. Step-Over apples add interest throughout the year and can be used to define the flower beds. Standard gooseberries can save space and add structure and punctuation to the garden.

5. plant the zucchini and squash directly on the compost heap. They like the rich material and increase interest in an unsightly (but essential) area of the vegetable garden. They will crawl happily and will not occupy precious space in the beds.

6. Ensuring a sufficient supply of water for the vegetable garden is perhaps the most important thing. We are lucky to have a well, so we use a local natural water source. You can set up a simple irrigation system or hand water by dipping a watering can into a main drum. We have a combination of both. You can only see our beautiful water truck which is filled with canister for use every day. The water warms up in the cart, so it is perfect for young plants and seedlings. For more robust and established crops that are not afraid of cold splashes, we also use the hand watering system.