Are you part of the grow­ing ‘veg­g­i­men­tals’ trend?

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Fo­cus­ing on health and nutri­tion, dif­fer­ent trends in veg­etable gar­den­ing be­gan with ‘Farm to Fork’, ‘Grow Your Own’ and ‘Or­named­i­bles’. Veg­eta­bles moved from the side to the cen­tre of the plate and in many restau­rants, in an ef­fort to limit waste, there was a move to­wards a ‘Stem to Leaf’ ap­proach with parts of a veg­etable that used to be dis­carded now served in new ways.

Stems of broc­coli were shaved and served in sal­ads, raw baby mar­row rib­bons be­came a tasty salad, and cauli-rice was served as a low-calo­rie sub­sti­tute.

Con­tem­po­rary gar­den­ers want their veg­etable gar­dens to be stylish, colour­ful and el­e­gant and a new gar­den­ing term, ‘veg­g­i­men­tals’, has been coined to de­scribe this new trend as a mar­riage of the tra­di­tional with the in­for­mal where veg­eta­bles, herbs and flow­ers are grown in blocks, clus­ters, tri­an­gles and ver­ti­cals, re­sult­ing in bet­ter pol­li­na­tion. Early au­tumn is a good time for a gen­eral clean-up, for plant­ing trees and shrubs, and for pre­par­ing beds for spring bulbs and an­nu­als.

Colours, tex­tures and shapes are cen­tral to the de­sign, not only in plants but also in struc­tures. Gates, pots, sup­ports and obelisks are painted in bold colours and paths are edged in a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als, such as an­gled weath­ered bricks, rope edg­ings or ter­ra­cotta tiles.

This month, plant a win­ter soup gar­den – choose seedlings of broc­coli, cab­bage, cauliflower, cel­ery, Swiss chard and spinach and plant them among your or­na­men­tals!

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