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Vegetable Garden

14 Vegetables to Grow In A Small Garden

May 11, 2013


Vegetables for a small garden

14 Vegetables to Grow in a Small Garden

“I don’t have much space, what are the best vegetables to grow outside in my small garden?”

This has been one of the most often asked questions which is encouraging as one of the first pieces of advice is start small! Why? Because you’re less likely to give up growing your own if you don’t take on too much at once.

You’ve installed a couple of raised beds, you’ve cleared a space for some veggies somewhere bright and sunny in your garden, or you’re even planning on planting vegetables among your flower borders or in containers; now you’re wondering what you might grow in your small vegetable garden that will give you the most return for your efforts. The following might help you take the next steps to growing vegetables in a small garden. Continue Reading…

Vegetable Garden

Introducing the stunning Rainbow Chard

April 21, 2013

I have a few favourite vegetable varieties in the garden that I hope to share with you over the coming months.

Rainbow Chard

Vibrant Rainbow Chard

Rainbow Chard is one of them. How could you not fail to fall in love with this beautiful plant that fills the beds with stems of yellow, cream and such a vibrant pink?

It can be grown in flower beds and borders as well as the vegetable garden and if you’re not familiar with it, tastes a little like spinach without the strong flavour. (We usually slice and steam it, but it’s lovely in stir fries and curries too). Here’s a recipe for spinach and feta puffs that I wrote some time ago that is equally as delicious when the spinach is substituted with chard.

Chard is in the same vegetable family as spinach and beetroot (the seeds are a give away as they’re all very similar) and can be sown directly into the ground so no need to fiddle around with pots and compost, meaning that rainbow chard is an easy vegetable for beginners to try.


We’ve been growing it in our vegetable patch for several years now and have noticed very little slug or insect damage and to date no disease. If you only ever harvest a few leaves from each plant at a time, it will keep growing for you until the heavy frosts, with the cream stems lasting the longest.

What do you think, will you give rainbow chard a try?