As bare land becomes more scarce steep gardens are becoming more common. Here are some ideas on how to successfully develop these sites.
To make use of as much of the site as possible terrace using small retaining walls or rocks (remember that any wall over 1 metre requires engineering advice). Use local rocks if possible as this will give a more natural effect.
To ensure plants do not dry out, plant them in hollows dug into the slope. These hollows will collect rainfall. A deep mulch around each plant will keep it moist and help prevent soil erosion.
It is often better to lay lawn turf, as lawn seed can be washed away. If necessary secure turf in position with pegs until established.
Chicken wire pegged across site can help to hold soil and mulch in place. Plants can be planted through it.
Green garden » veges » Saving seed in the home garden
If you collect seeds from your own plants you can truly become self sufficient with your vegetable growing. Let a few plants, of the type you want to grow again, go to seed. Just a word of warning, don’t try saving seed from any plant that is a hybrid, or has F1 on the seed packet, as they won’t grow true. This article will explain all you need to know about collecting your own seeds to grow next year and to share and exchange with friends and neighbours.