Student Vegetable Plots
“I'm going to try to do as much successional sowing as possible so I can sustain harvest levels throughout the season.
I'll be mulching around some of the thirstier crops (such as the tomatoes and courgettes) with grass clippings to reduce water loss from the soil.
I've mainly arranged the plot according to a four season crop rotation, to avoid the build up of pests and diseases and keep the soil in good condition.”
From Alsace, France
“I always get nostalgic when I think of my grandparents’ potager in Alsace, where I grew up. It was such a beautiful, colourful place, with flowers growing alongside the vegetables. I remember the vibrant colours of the rhubarb, the crispiness of the radishes freshly pulled out of the ground and the amazing sweetness of the juicy strawberries.
I have tried to reproduce the simple potager feel that you get in small villages in the countryside in France.”
“I have always been keen on vegetable gardening, there are few things more rewarding to me than growing plants from seed and harvesting their fruits.
Growing up in Dorset, I have always been close to the countryside. My earliest interest in plants was visiting my granddad as a boy, picking and eating carrots straight from his garden.”
From Aach, Germany
“Coming from the countryside I have always taken fresh vegetables for granted and never had an interest in growing them myself.
Now I feel privileged to be able to grow some of my own food in a city like London. I hope to get more experience by learning from my coursemates and knowledgeable people at Kew.
Maybe I can keep an allotment in future years to provide myself with home-grown, cheap and healthy veg!”
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