Principal of the Glynde School for Lady Gardeners in Sussex
A somewhat mistaken idea prevails that if a vegetable garden is thoroughly practical and useful, it must be ugly. I do not think, even in the smallest garden, this need be the case.
Even if space is too limited to allow of flowers being grown in quantity, we can get a very happy arrangement of a vegetable plot by interspersing fruit amongst the vegetables. Fruit trees are lovely in blossom and in fruit, and a few espaliers of currant or. gooseberry bushes materially lessen the usual monotonous appearance of a vegetable garden, besides adding to the owner's profit. I hope the following suggestions may slow how a pleasant outlook may be had from the windows overlooking the kitchen garden, and all unsightly corners can be concealed.
The plan given herewith is a very simple one, and can be easily adapted to any size or form of garden. The four plots, which are the main features, can be lengthened, shortened, or fitted into any shape coinciding with the walls which, we imagine, surround the whole. It will be best to follow carefully the explanation of my plan. When one grasps the reason for placing the frame-yard near the rainwater tank, the refuse heap in a position where the prevailing wind will not carry smoke to the house, the reason for having the cordon of fruit trees on the north side of the plots, etc., it will then be easy to build up the vegetable garden in a practical way upon the lines suggested, with merely the alterations necessitated by special surroundings. If the aspect given on the plan does not happen to coincide with your piece of ground, you will be able easily to adapt details, when once you are aware of the reason for placing things in certain positions.
It will be noted that the plots c, D, e, and f are fully exposed to the sun, for none of them have any hedge or espalier on the south side.
A, Fruit trees. B, Fruit-tree screen. D. Plot for hot-bed and frames. C, E, and F, Cropping ground. C. Circular tank surrounded by a two-foot wall on which can be placed pots containing plants. O, Currant bushes. Q, Summer cousc.