What space do I need for an Autumn Garden?


If you’re currently growing plenty of summer veg in your garden and would like to grow more this autumn and winter, then you might need to create a bit of space.

We send our Autumn Gardens out from early September right through to mid to late October, depending on the weather. It’s quite possible that your summer veg will still be producing crops at that stage, particularly things like pumpkins and squashes, French beans, as well as root veg – beetroot, celeriac and carrots.

Don’t worry too much as there are ways around this. Firstly, don’t forget that we will send you an email one week before your Autumn Garden is due to be sent to you. At this point, you can delay your delivery. Just drop us an email or give us a call and we can re-schedule your garden to arrive a little later in the season.

Our website tells you how much space you’ll need for each of our gardens. If you don’t think you’ll have the space, you still have time between now and September to build or buy a raised bed if you need to. If you don’t have the space for this, and you don’t have space in your existing beds, then it’s worth buying a couple of big bags of compost. You can cut a few holes out of these and use them as grow bags for your baby plants when they arrive. Pop it in a warm, sheltered spot, plant your new arrivals in the holes as normal and don’t forget to water them. They will be quite happy growing here for a few weeks until you have space.

All our winter veggies will grow well in pots and containers, so this is another option if you haven’t got enough space free after the summer crop. You can also plant between rows. If, for example, you have a raised bed with a block of sweetcorn that is soon to be harvested, then there is nothing to stop you from planting rows of winter salads in between the corn. Just be sure to add a good amount of compost and a handful of worm cast as the plants will need the extra nutrients. And when you come to the end of the sweetcorn’s life, be careful when you pull it up not to disturb the roots of the new plants.

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