[DESIGN SHOW 10] – Vegetable Gardens – Designer Ideas, with Niki Jabbour

To get Niki’s book, visit: http://goo.gl/jeehfz

Vegetable Gardens – Designer Ideas

In this episode of Garden Design Show, Rachel will tell you all about how you can incorporate fruits and vegetables into your garden using stunning tips and tricks, regardless of what size your garden is.

This episode features a guest expert, a broadcaster and the best selling author of “Year-Round Vegetable Gardener”, Niki Jabbour. They will also discuss Niki’s new book called “Groundbreaking Food Gardens”. They look at ideas for growing edibles in small space gardens. Also featured is the food producing modern courtyard Rachel designed that is in Niki’s book!

This is what’s in Groundbreaking Food Gardens

One of the garden ideas discussed from the book is Amy Stewart’s (‘The Drunken Botanist”) collaboration with Susan Morrison – their Cocktail Garden shows just how fun plants can be and you can grow things you like to drink! You will be surprised what berries and edible flowers you can add to your salads that came straight from your fruit and vegetable garden.

Don’t forget the wildlife to help you grow vegetables…

Pollinators and wildlife can make an enormous difference to the quantity of vegetables your garden will produce. The natural side of the garden and the flowers that attract the pollinators and how you can keep them. Identify good bugs that will help you grow your fruit and vegetable garden or herb garden.

You will also see a sneak peak of Rachel’s design on the fruit and vegetable producing garden, which looks very modern and no one would think that it’s food producing. The book also features a concrete and steel garden, a good way to use recycled materials and concrete is ideal for some plants.

More crazy legislation, if you’re part of Europe!

They also discuss some potentially worrying new laws that will affect people living in Europe, when it comes to buying and saving seed varieties. For further details visit:

EU seed law: http://www.realseeds.co.uk/seedlaw2.html

http://permaculturenews.org/2014/02/10/european-seed-law-potential-threat-biodiversity-everywhere/

Before they wrap things up, Rachel asks Niki on what her advice is for people who are starting to build their own gardens and suggestions on vegetables and herbs you can mix in your garden plants. Niki recommends that you start small, so that growing vegetables doesn’t become a chore. If you’re successful (and if you buy Niki’s book, you certainly will be!) then you can always increase the area and grow more the following year.

Find out more about Niki Jabbour

Check out Niki’s websites http://www.nikijabbour.com and http://savvygardening.com

Her book, ‘Groundbreaking Food Gardens’ is published by Storey and available in all good bookstores. It’s also available online at Amazon http://goo.gl/jeehfz

The Design Show will be back later in the year – so what Would You Like to See Covered in Future Shows?

Rachel will be taking a break from filming for the summer to catch up on work and life! She’ll be back later in the year, so do leave a comment and let Rachel know what topics you’d like her to delve into in future episodes in the comment boxes below? Meanwhile, if you need help with your garden, check our Rachel’s Online Garden Courses that will help you to create a perfect garden on your own.

You can also subscribe to the Garden Design Show on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/garden-design-show/id790250905?mt=2

 

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Professional international garden designer for over 20 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!

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  1. Successful Garden Design says:

    Designer vegetable garden ideas…

  2. Caro Shrives says:

    I'd read about Nikki's book elsewhere and have been tempted to order this; after seeing this video, I'm definitely going to buy this. Thanks also for the link to Nikki's website, it looks as though there's lots of really good ideas and information over there! Have a lovely summer, this has been a good note to end on! Will look forward to the return of your videos in the autumn.

  3. That's great Caro, I'm sure Niki will be thrilled about that! She does have an excellent website. Glad you've enjoyed the design shows, I am looking forward to a well earned break this summer! 😉

  4. Scally Wag says:

    have been using herbs for several years as ground covers or edgings, did
    try sorrel this year, it is a terrific ‘pop’!!. You series, every single
    video, is terrific!!

  5. Scally Wag says:

    Thankfully, I have subscribed, so I’ll get alert for your next video —
    can’t wait!

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