As a groundworks specialist, based close to Petworth, West Sussex, we’ve been involved in planning many a kitchen garden. From residential projects to kitchen gardens for the celebrated Pig Hotel group.
The first COVID lockdown of 2020 saw a boom in kitchen-gardening. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs that have been harvested at home. Straight from the garden to plate with a rinse in the colander in between, guarantees a meal that tastes truly scrumptious. Many of you will, no doubt still be enjoying the fruits of your labour as your roots and brassicas continue to thrive. But, if you’re still relying on the supermarket or local farm shop, we can help you plan for next year.
Planning a Kitchen Garden in Petworth & beyond with a Groundworks Specialist:
Now is the perfect time to prepare your garden with the help of a groundworks specialist. Raised beds are an extremely popular option for domestic and commercial kitchen gardens. Here are three reasons why:
- Firstly, you can fill raised beds with fresh fertile soil.
- Additionally, they offer good drainage, so your garden won’t suffer from waterlogging.
- And finally, they are perfect if you suffer from reduced mobility, as you won’t need to bend or kneel as much when tending.
If you’ve identified a space in your garden for your raised beds, firstly, we can do all the ground preparation work for you. We can clear the site and make sure everything is at the correct level. As groundworks specialists, we can also plan for pathways and access to your kitchen garden. We can even factor in trench work. You may need this so you can easily get water to your site without long hose extensions or watering cans.
Choosing the materials:
When most people think of raised beds, they think of pre-fabricated timber box structures. This option is extremely popular, and if you choose to go this route, we can still help with all the preparation before placement. But, there are other options, including untreated railway sleepers or stone or brickwork. Some of these options will invariably require the help of a groundworks specialist as footings will be needed.
When it comes to pathways, we can also help with a variety of options to suit your budget. Gravel is a cost-effective choice. But you can also achieve aesthetically-pleasing ‘country garden’ looks with block paving (laid in a herringbone pattern) or crazy paving.
If you’re planning a kitchen garden for 2021, talk to us now. As a groundworks specialist based close to Petworth, West Sussex, we can help you prepare for a bountiful harvest!