Raised bed vegetable gardens can be created in a surprisingly small space and will allow you the satisfaction of growing and harvesting your own fresh produce.
This sample plan will fit in a space approximately 3m x 3m (10ft x 10ft) and, whilst it won't allow you to be totally self-sufficient, it will give you and your family the benefit of a good variety of fresh, tasty produce.
The trick with a small plot is to grow those crops that you actually enjoy eating.
This sounds obvious but it is surprisingly easy to be lulled into thinking that you must grow, say, turnips, when you know that your family hates them!
Growing small amounts of each type lets you really appreciate the pleasure of harvesting and eating your crops whilst they are young, sweet and tasty, without the hassle of coping with a glut.
Maximise the available growing space by planting the vegetables in blocks rather than rows and planting quick growing salads and radishes between the slower maturing crops.
You can also make repeat sowings of any crops that are ready to harvest within a period of three months, for example carrots, peas and salad leaves, so that you have a succession of young crops for the table.
Make sure that each type of vegetable has the conditions it enjoys by using the simple system of crop rotation described in Sample Plan 1.
Links to more information and sample plans for vegetable growing can be found at planning a raised bed vegetable garden.
For information about how to grow vegetables generally, take a look at creating a successful home vegetable garden.
If you are interested in using raised beds in the ornamental garden, you can find links to more information and sample plans at raised bed garden plans for the ornamental garden.