I hate to rush the year along but I’m really looking forward to Summer. After a couple of days of sun it appears that Spring has truly arrived. Tomorrow it will probably rain. Now is the perfect time in the garden to look ahead to the summer months and plan what you want to eat and grow. Peas and beans can be sown inside and planted out after the last frosts, I might get a few basil and tomato seeds in. They will be arriving from Simply Seed tomorrow and I’m very excited. Why do I grow vegetables, herbs and fruit? Well, you can pick them fresh and whatever size you want them. Things like beans and beetroot are lovely when slightly smaller. Small two inch courgettes in a stir-fry are devine. It also saves me money. This year I’ll spend £50 on seeds and probably another £40 on tools and bits however when you consider the rising cost of food in the Supermarket it will save me over £100. The biggest saving comes from things like fruit donated to me from other allotment holders and salad leaves. If you’ve never grown anything before, this year why not join The One Pot Pledge®?
What is the One Pot Pledge®?
The One Pot Pledge® is an exciting new Grow Your Own campaign from leading gardening charity Garden Organic. Our aim is to get 30,000 people who have never grown anything before to give growing a go. Growing your own food can be fun, it tastes great and you don’t even need a garden – one pot on a window ledge is all you need to get started. Garden Organic is the UK’s leading organic growing charity and they can help you by providing useful information to get you growing, with handy tips along the way. They have a great website with plenty of fact-sheets and information. What to do if you have a small garden – I grow two types of mint in pots by the door, along with Sage (which is looking a bit unwell after being kicked off the window sill), Thyme, Rosemary and a few pots with bulbs in and lettuce. I’ll show you some photos later. I’m also trying out some Chard and some Onions. This way I can use them in emergency if we haven’t had a chance to go to the allotment.
What will you be growing this year?
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