I haven’t just been concentrating on the flower garden in the last few weeks – oh no – I have been planning and scheming and sowing and planting the edible garden too. At the moment there is just a lot of bare earth with only a few of last years’ crops left – but when they have been cleared I have all manner of things growing in the greenhouse ready to put in their place.
Polyculture is the name of the game – mixing everything up, growing different plants together with a few beneficial flowers into the mix – and bingo you have something that is beautiful as well as edible.
When room can’t be found I bring containers into play – anything will do, the more decorative the better, and when one crop is finished the soil is refreshed and in goes something else – the garden becomes like a running buffet – always something to pick and nibble.
What can be better than wandering round popping pea pods and eating the peas raw, or a warm tomato fresh from the vine, savouring strawberries that actually taste like strawberries – these are the simple delights of growing your own.
I have already sown one bed with parsnips, carrots, chard and spinach and the radish and salad leaves are coming through.
French beans and sugar snap peas have been sown in troughs and you can see below the peas are already starting to climb
It is a busy time of year in the garden for flower and veg gardening – but think of the rewards later on – oh yes – bring it on!