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Vegetables ideas for raised beds??


By Slimdil

Northumberland, United Kingdom Gb

I have had 3 raised beds built at the back of the house in the hope of starting to grow a few veg. Although it is on the north side of the house it's at least 10 feet away from the house so gets a reasonable amount of sun. Anything suitable I can plant at this time of the year? Not really keen to do caulies or cabbages - would prefer something a bit 'different'. On the other hand - the beds are not terribly big so am a bit restricted. I've already designated one bed for fruit and have got a couple of blackcurrants and a gooseberry bush in it. Thanks.



Optimal for growing Vaccinium corymbosum or Vaccinium macrocarp. (e.g. cranberries). The only condition is - soil in beds must be acid (pH 3,2-4,2). But this is not vegetable.

28 Jul, 2010


It is getting a little late to sow most veg especially as you don't want to do cabbages! You can sow winter turnip and radish also salad leaves, lettuce and parsley. Just how big and how deep are the beds? Also what is a 'reasonable' amount of sun?

In case you decide you do want to grow brassicas all of these can be sown now: Spring cabbage, endive, kohl rabi, Chinese Cabbage and Swiss chard.

28 Jul, 2010


Still plenty of time for baby beet, one of my favourites, and sweet and colorful like carrots if you choose some of the pink and orange/yellow varieties. Also sow some Swiss Chard which is easy and will give you an autumn crop and then start up again in the spring if you keep it alive through winter. Makes the best spinach greens of all.

28 Jul, 2010


The beds are about 5 ft square and get about 6 hours of sun on a good day. I think I'll maybe go for turnip and maybe, as you suggest Bertiefox, some Swiss Chard. This is really just to make use of the rest of this year's growing season. I'll think again after the new year. Thanks for your help.

28 Jul, 2010


Good luck Slimdil, we love Swiss Chard which is why I suggested. Try to sow the seeds very thinly. Turnips too so you have less thinning to do.

29 Jul, 2010

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