Yes – I do try to grow what I eat…

‘Surely you don’t grow your own veggies?’ said somebody to me the other day. ‘Aren’t you too young for that?’.  Well, if 48 years old is too young, then yes I am!

About 5 years ago I (or rather the husband) dug up the front lawn into 3 square beds (rotating vegetables) and 1 orange bed (for fruits).  And last year I planted in between them 3 apple trees and a plum tree.

This is the front area:

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And here:

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It has not been good this year. I think I left it too late as I have been so busy at work.  I grow my own from seed and supplement with plugs.  Seed comes from   Real Seed Catalogue   and supplements come from Rocket Gardens.  I highly recommend them both.

Peas have been dreadful.

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Beans slow but not so bad.

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I like the colour of the marigolds which I use to edge the beds. Just as summer ends, I have enough!

Broad beans still not great but at least growth is upwards! A bit like the economy…

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Cabbages which survived the winter are doing really well – intermingling with the Borage which I allow to grow where it will – the bees love it. And you can freeze it in water cubes ready for adding to sparky summer cocktails!

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I have a few herbs dotted in the round gravel area and amongs the flowers which surround the area.

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The rosemary is supposed to help the roses avoid black spot…Not sure that’s quite working.  The little stone cricket man seems to be waiting for it to work too.

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These herbs, flowers and things that have made themselves at home in the gravel all seem content!

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And I have a few salad greens and spring onions etc. outside the kitchen window, with some of my (many this year) tomato plants.

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I have some smaller seedlings outside waiting to grow a little more before I try to find a space in the front garden for them.

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And even more inside but that is for another blog!

 

And of course, we have the chickens which give us our eggs.

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My bees await a nice home somewhere away from our garden (the situation for them in this garden just isn’t right).

Occasionally I do get the chance to sit down whilst contemplating the slowness of the growth!

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So yes. I do try to grow what I eat. Mind you, if we were relying on my efforts alone, it would be a very lean year for food!

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