In this episode, Rachel looks at alternatives to growing vegetables in straight rows. She’ll also answer your questions about how to tackle boggy soil as well as dry and sandy ones…


Just make sure if you do start drilling holes in your garden you check where the utility services run through and how deep they are! You don’t want to accidentally drill through gas, electrics or water!.

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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

    2 replies to "GT4 – Designer vegetable gardens vs straight lines!"

    • Elizabeth Goddard

      Hi Rachel, that’s lovely! How wide are your paths, and how do you do them? For instance, are they brick paths, and if so, what do you put under them? I’m asking as it is indeed so practical to have enough paths, and I’d like to know how you do them.

      • Rachel Mathews

        Hi Elizabeth,

        As this is for an allotment I’ve made the paths about 40cm wide and I’ve reused last year’s weed suppressant membrane to set them out. If you wished to use brick I would put sharp sand underneath and if you wanted permanent paths I would add some lime mortar to the mix instead of cement this close to vegetables. But bear in mind lime mortar takes a lot longer to harden than cement.

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