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    How long are your beds? Will you be tempted to walk across them rather than round them? Is a narrow path through the middle feasible?

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    I bet you get a greenhouse, unlike a shed it's actual growing space and there are ways to get round the visiting issue.
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    You could try out a cheap blowaway greenhouse first - they'll be in the clearance sales soon - and plant straight into the ground so you only have to give a good water once or twice a week. You'll be amazed at what you can grow in them - I was.

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    They're about 20 feet, but so far, no, I haven't been tempted.

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    Looks good 1B. If you are short of space, how about planning an area for SFG. You'll be surprised how many Onions, Beetroot or Leeks you can fit in.
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    Ah-HA! Google is my friend... square foot garden? Thanks for that idea, Bigmal.

    And get thee behind me, tempters, with your talk of greenhouses.... ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Bee View Post
    I read somewhere about needing to use gloves handling comfrey because of irritating hairs - is it going to be a problem occasionally brushing against it? Hope not, as behind the bench would be ideal - the hedge is gappy there, and needs restoring, and the extra barrier would be welcome.

    Sparrow, I don't know!! I'd love to try sweetcorn, but the last time I tried it got to about ten inches high... Possibly dwarf french beans, but we'll see.... that corner seems to be home to a lot of pea and bean weevil...
    For handling the stems, yes possibly. It won't do any harm brushing against them unless you are super sensitive. The only thing is that if you let it flower you will have tons of bees too, which may or may not be an issue if it's next to where you sit. My god-daughter is terrified of bees.

    Corn grows really well in a greenhouse too...
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    IBee, I wonder if you'd consider re-using some of the beds within the season? What I usually do is keep my leeks in deep pots until the early potatoes are out, and then use that space for the leeks. After the second earlies are out, I use the space for peas (started in modules so they're ready to climb). As courgettes are planted out quite late in the season, I use the squash bed for a quick crop of salad beforehand. Once the onions are out, things like beetroot and spinach get sown in their place.

    It does make things a bit more confusing for planning crop rotation, but on the plus side means you get a lot more within the season.
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