I hire a big allotment garden of 100 m2 (120 sq yard) in the east of The Netherlands.
A central path and side-paths of paving stones divide the garden into 6 equal parts.
In each part I grow different plants. In part 1 potatoes, in part 2 cabbage plants, in part 3 root vegetables etc. Next year I grow each vegetable one part further. After 6 years the vegetables grow in the same parts again. This is called crop rotation. Due to crop rotation there are less ground diseases. And the garden soil is not exhausted due to “always the same plants” .
The soil in the garden consists of sand. It is easy to work with spade, hoe or rake but plants need regular watering to grow. See photos below.
Behind my house I have also a vegetable garden of about 60 m2 (72 sq yard).
Big allotment garden, November 1, 2019
I have sowed “chicken food” (grain mix) on the empty parts in my garden soil. Now there are thin green leaves visible on those spots. So the soil is covered. Covered garden soil is better than uncovered soil. Covered garden soil cools down slower in winter and less nutrients are washed out during showers. This procedure is called “green manure”.
In the front part there are strawberries (from my runners), leeks, lettuce plants, a rhubarb plant and winter cauliflower plants. Many leeks have been trimmed (test against miner fly).
In the middle part there are chicory (witloof) plants at the right. And a water vessel upside down (storage).
The bean plants (with brown leaves) are kept as a soil coverage.
In the middle part there are bush beans with brown leaves (left side). A storage of iron wire netting (my cabbage cage). And plant material on the soil at the right, covering the soil.
In the rear part there are leeks, beetroots, lettuce and curled kale plants. Many leeks have been trimmed (test against miner fly).
In the corner of the rear part there are 2 compost containers, next to each other, made of square paving stones (30 centimeters, 12 inch). In the front container there is fresh plant material. In the rear container there is converted compost. More info about these containers in tip 1.
The green plastic compost container at the end of my garden is used as a tool storage (for a hoe, rake, spade etcetera).
Backyard garden, November 1, 2019
Photo of the backyard garden on November 1, 2019.
In the front area of the garden there are 2 compost containers (next to each other) made of paving stones. The right side container has fresh plant material. In the left side container there is compost. Behind the compost containers there are rows of carrots and bean plants.
Futher in the garden there are 3 rows of Chicory (witloof) plants and 2 rows of strawberry plants (my runners).
Behind the strawberry plants there is a greenhouse made of white bricks. The soil level in the greenhouse is about 2 feet below the soil level in the garden. On top of the greenhouse there can be transparent corrugated plates.
In the greenhouse there are gardening things now (laths, iron mesh etcetera).
Front garden, November 1, 2019
The front garden is towards south. On this photo a part of the front garden at November 1, 2019. With summer flower plants.