This year the harvest from the garden started in June and went through to October. Harvesting is weekly or bi-weekly for main crops and daily for salads and small vegetables. It is better to have this small continuous cropping than single larger crops once a season.
The raised bed was started with beans and cucumbers this year, followed with tomato plants. The bed was fed with household compost in the spring. The surface is not mulched as an experiment to reduce surface moisture that encourages snails.
Balconies come in many shapes and sizes in the city. They make ideal locations for mini kitchen gardens producing salads and small vegetables in containers. Being close to the house is ideal for kitchen use.
The basement area of the garden sits below ground level. However beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash all grow well here. The plants are started above ground in the open and only planted below ground when they are about 30cm tall.
The raised bed had about a dozen bean plants of different varieties. These cropped constantly over the summer. Beans grow well in Brussels and suit the lack of space. They grew particularly well with tomatoes and cucumbers.
Each of the support poles on the raised bed had a cucumber plant and each plant produced a couple of cucumbers. The cucumbers always do well in Brussels. These have grown too much, it is better to grow the smaller varieties and pick young fruit steadily throughout the summer. They grow well with tomatoes.