Aims for the Vegetable Garden and other growing areas

New Manure Pile in August

Although the list below may seem very organized and planned, the truth is it has emerged over a few years of trying things out, reading about different approaches, meeting different people and doing a few experiments myself.

It may continue to evolve in the future, but for now, it is a true list.

  1. To grow up to 30 different crops, giving a yield of up to 600lb, in the vegetable garden.
  2. To grow up to 150lb of tomatoes in pots on the patio.
  3. To grow up to 250lb of fruit (predominantly apples) on 5 trees, two rows of raspberries, one redcurrant bush and blackberries found in the boundary hedge.
  4. To evaluate the efficacy of no-dig gardening.
  5. To test whether the lunar cycles and other planetary aspects affect seed germination, plant growth and harvests.
  6. To build an ecosystem of plants to feed insects throughout the year with the aim of adding value to the garden ecosystem.
  7. To investigate companion planting and the use of under-sowing in improving yields and quality as well as minimising exposure of soil to the elements.
  8. To investigate whether traditional advice on crop spacing can be condensed for a small urban environment.
  9. To develop effective storage systems for the major crops, notably potatoes, carrots, onions, shallots, apples and tomatoes.
  10. To build a bomb-proof ‘how-to’ tool kit for the novice gardener, including reliable suppliers, cost-effective equipment, methods for small-scale composting, methods for growing food and harvesting high quality seeds for future generations.

Quadgrow June 2015

The blog will provide a series of resources of my experiences and offer the chance for you to input your own experiences, feedback, suggestions and questions.

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Gardening 50 square metres in NW London using No-Dig Principles

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Welcome to, a blog showcasing a 50 square metre urban vegetable garden cultivated by Rhys Jaggar using the no-dig principle.

The blog will share insights with those interested in gardening in plots smaller than those at standard allotment sites, in particular how to grow high yield-, high quality and varied vegetable produce under such constraints.

It aims to:

  1. Provide a Forum for novice gardeners with a small space to garden to share experiences, ideas, successes and challenges.
  2. Provide a seamless link to many relevant information sources, e-commerce sites, blogs and video channels.
  3. Provide a series of rigorous, detailed protocols which work, including discussions about things which don’t work based on failure at the coal-face.
  4. Provide a series of discussion articles about gardening matters of both a practical and philosophical nature.
  5. Create a community of shared values, namely respect for each other, respect for the lessons nature can provide and a belief that nature probably already has a solution for any problem we may be experiencing.

As an organic grower committed to growing high quality organic fruit and vegetables, Rhys has been allowed to use the No-Dig logo by Charles Dowding, the UK’s leading pioneer of no-dig market gardening.


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