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

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Author: Rhys

Rhys trained as a research biologist, working for a decade in the cancer research charity sector, before completing an MBA and working in management consultancy, technology transfer and early technology investment spaces, mostly working with UK academics to turn their scientific discoveries into value for society. AS a younger man, he was fascinated with mountains, both climbing them and ski-ing down them. Whilst living in Scotland, he completed a round of (then) all 277 Munros, the independent mountains over 3000ft originally complied as a list by Munro. He also spent his holidays representing the Ski Club of GB, as a Representative and Party Leader between 1990 and 1997. During that time, he found to his bemusement that he was able to predict, without understanding fully why, to a remarkable degree of accuracy, when good snow conditions would occur in the Alps, gaining an unworthy reputation for predictive genius in 1990 when predicting the evolution of the 1989/90 winter in Wengen, Switzerland for his CEO boss. He used this skill for the next seven years to ensure that he enjoyed powder snow pretty much every time he went ski-ing. An MD student he was training in Oxford also impressed his wife by taking Rhys' advice about when to take her to Italy in the mid 1990s! In recent years, Rhys has turned his mind toward how to grow prize tomatoes, winning several prizes in local and London shows and has, in the past 3 years, moved toward taking over a 50 square metre urban vegetable patch, which he has turned into a no-dig area since autumn 2014.

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