Creating a new vegetable growing area from scratch on paving slabs

December 23, 2012

in Nature, health and well being, Other organisations, Vegetables

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Growing organic vegetables on a disused back yard area

This was the sight that greeted me some time ago when I was asked to create a vegetable growing area, for Rotters Community Composting, where upon completion I was to teach disadvantaged and unemployed people from Liverpool. Working hands on with my team and students….you can see the results.

Turn these paving slabs into a growing area 1

I think there is going to be a little work to be done here!!

Area need to be cleared

This area eventually became a wildflower strip for pollinating bees and insects.

Polytunnel set on paving slabs

One of two polytunnels set up, now to start with the inside..the growing seasons will soon be here…..

Making ready for the raised beds

Now we need to make the raised bed growing areas…students helped with theses tasks..

Raised Beds at Rotters


The beds were mainly filled with compost made from waste food and garden waste collected by Rotters and made on their composting site a few miles away, mixed together with my essential additions needed to produce healthy organic fruit and vegetables.

Raised beds at Rotters 2

Raised beds on one side with more to be made for the other side, where we grew various fruits.

The whole task was taken on with the help of myself, my colleagues and the students whom were later to be taught by us. It was a great success and thanks to Rotters for the opportunity to help set this scheme up.

If you need help, advice to set up a similar scheme please contact me

email:                   Phone 01925 452819


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Anthony Powell December 26, 2012 at 12:42 am

I see a productive crop of snapdragons – have the veg all been cropped before you got a picture?


nurturingnature December 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

HA! Anthony, the students wanted to grow flowers as well! The veg were harvested before the photos!


s January 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Hi there..
I’m a keen veg grower.. I only got into it last year.. I live in a terraced house and theres not much room to grow my own as it’s a shared house..
I’m wondering if you know of any organisations what I can join and grow veg in the Liverpool area?
Any feedback would be much appreciated


nurturingnature January 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Hi, I lived in a terraced house in Liverpool with no garden too! I suggest you contact Mark at who really does cram a lot into his garden, making use of space I never knew existed!! Then you have Liverpool Organic Gardeners and also the National Vegetable Society which you may find useful.HTH cheers George


Anthony Powell January 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm

You could also try the Landshare website,; also check the Liverpool and local borough’s websites for allotments.


nurturingnature January 28, 2013 at 7:08 am

Yes, Nice one Anthony! Cheers George


James November 21, 2013 at 6:22 am

This kind of house is really helpful to build indoor vegetable garden with little care. The idea is great and the plants can be grown easily in beds.


nurturingnature November 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Well It worked very well! Cheers George


Jacob December 25, 2013 at 6:48 am

It is very good option to use unwanted backyard area to grow various vegetable plants. I really like your concept.


nurturingnature December 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Thank you Jacob. There was also as trip of wildflower running along the fence in some spare spoil soil with rubble etc., it looked stunning. Wait till you see what we did at a Fire station on a large concrete area!!!!Coming soon!


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