For the past few weeks here at Successful Garden Design I’ve been championing for everyone to start growing fruits and vegetables in their gardens, not only for themselves but for those in need in their communities.

Now I want to share with you some veggie gardens from different countries that people have started to help give you some ideas and inspiration…

Starting in northern Itay. A great mix of courgettes, lettuce and vertical vegetables to utilise the space. In the background fruit trees in abundance.

Fruit and vegetable garden – northeast Italy

The great European tomato growing contest!

The most popular vegetable I’ve seen (though technically a fruit), is the tomato. Nearly every garden image I’ve been sent has tomatoes growing…

In the lead so far is Ann in Spain, with her tomato hedge and terrace pot collection.

Ann’s super Spanish tomato hedge

She’s closely followed by a mother living in Latvia and her daughter in Spain. They are going great guns with their tomatoes and other veggies.

Mother and daughter tomato growing showdown!

And finally, in Sweden, Susanne’s tomatoes are growing inside along with a fig tree and some cucumbers…

The sun is shining in Sweden and so are the vegetables!

She has strawberry plants, spinach, leeks and lettuce are growing outside and a greenhouse is being built as I type! So I expect her tomatoes to suddenly take off as soon as they get some more light.

So who will be the overall winner?

Will the hot Spanish summer be too much for Ann’s currently winning crop? Will our greenhouse and polytunnel growers suddenly catch up from their cooler climates? I will report back in the coming weeks…

Rest of the world – where are you veggie garden photos?

So UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and others – You’re currently being well and truly outshone by your European counterparts.

Where are your veggie garden photos? Email them to me here if you’d like to be included in a future article.

OR you can share your photos in our Grow Together Food Gardens group on Telegram (yes, we’re all fed up with Facebook!).

In case you missed the training videos I recently filmed, you can see them below:

How to design a front vegetable garden

A word of warning!

If you are growing vegetables in containers or raised beds, really think about your material choices so that you don’t inadvertently choose something that leeches out toxic substances into your soil and potentially food.

So be careful with treated timbers and plastics to grow food in.

I’ve recently finished reading a mind-blowing book called ‘What Really Makes You Ill‘ and it really spells out how much cumulative damage even small amounts of toxins can do to the body.

What to grow to make the most of your garden

Want to learn more about design?

I’ve put together some free online garden design classes which you can sign up to see here:

Part 2 can be seen here – how will the rest of the world compare…



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!

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