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Veg Patch Help Please


I need some help with my vegetable patch.  It is about 3' wide and 20' long but is situated next to my neighbour's fence behind which are 2 leylandii trees.  

These trees as you might expect are taking most of the nutrients and water away from the plot.  I have tried adding homemade and multipurpose compost to the plot but it hasn't made much difference.

Anything anyone can advise or should I give it up as a bad job?  If not veg anything else anyone can advise to grow in the space.



  • I wonder if a layer of cardboard or other moisture retaining material under the raised bed would help.

    No need to give it up as a bad job, if people can garden in balconies on skyscrapers, im sure we can get this to work image
  • you could dig a trench along the fence line and then line it with a fabric that the roots can't get thru, and if that 'accidentally' kills the leylandii all the better.

  • DorcasDorcas Posts: 159

    Hi Tom, I know how much of a problem this can be.  A couple of suggestions that do work:

    Go for raised beds as suggested by Edd but before you put them onto the soil, put down a heavy duty weed suppressant fabric.  Then fill the beds with new top soil (yes, it's a faff but it will be worth it). 

    With 20 feet length you could easily get 4 raised beds which would give you a 'crop rotation' plot. Before planting in the 1st season just use a general fertilizer like 'Growmore'.  Keep the beds well watered throughout the growing season.

    Secondly, grow veg like carrots and parsnips in square pots (the bigger the better).  I always grow mine like this despite having room in the veg plot.  If you grow them in 75/25 sand to soil you'll get great results - no splitting.   Pak choi and lettuce also work well in pots.  

    Don't give up on the veg as nearly all gardens have their issues and most can be resolved with a bit of thought.  Good luck with the new season!image

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