Starting our kitchen garden

Growing our own food has been an ambition of my husband and I. We both really value locally sourced produce,  and enjoy spending time outdoors. 
In our first home together (a basement flat in the city centre) we planted anything and everything we could in planters on the windowsill.  
I had green beans trailing up the bars of our windows. They bolted and twirled up the bars but never got enough light  to produce anything edible.

Then we moved into our first pub which had masses of outdoor space, unfortunately,  all car park and no dirt. We managed to sustain some hanging baskets with strawberries and a few herb planters, but that was about it. 

Now we are in our new home.  A lovely country pub in the new forest, whiich offers a private garden just for our little family.  We moved here when I was 8 months pregnants and ever since, I've been desperate to make the most of it. 

Since the new year we've been planning what to do with this neglected space.  I found this article from nurture store very helpful. It's not a huge space and the ground is mainly concreted. But, we've thought hard and worked hard to create a lovely family space.


We've got three veg beds,  a bench area, lots of washing line (for our cloth nappies), a space laid to bark chippings for froggy to play in and lots and lots of pots for fruit and herbs. 
Now march has come along its just a case of deciding what food were going to try and plant. 
I'm lazy and new to kitchen gardening so  decided direct sow was the way for me.
I had a browse on amazon for some 
cheap seeds and have stocked up on:
Leeks
Voilet curly kale
Rainbow swiss Chard
King Edward potatoes 
Raspberry bushes
Recurrent bushes
Black currant bushes
Chives
Sage
Mint
Rosemary
Chamomile
Purple Haze Carrots
Tomatoes
Strawberries
Spring Onions

I'm hoping this will give us a nice starting point towards growing our own food. 

We've been so lucky with the weather this week its perfect for sowing.
I'm really excited to share how our garden gets on- I'm hoping the mix of colours and textures will be an interesting learning experience this year.

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13 comments

  1. love this idea so much! I live in a flat so have no garden, but bought a couple of little herb boxes last week to attempt to grow on my kitchen windowsill!

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  2. Lovely idea. We're in the process of planning our kitchen garden. We grew quite a bit last year but are really expanding this year - we've limited space though so I'm a tad worried we've been over ambitious #binkylinky

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  3. This is a great idea :) Look forward to your posts to see how your garden gets on #binkylinky x

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  4. This is wonderful, I love the list of things you've ordered, your veggie patch is going to be fab :) Such lovely plans for your garden. Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

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  5. Good luck. I also have dreams of being self sufficient, but somwhow I never get around to it. Maybe this will be my year, your list is inspiring!

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  6. Sounds fab! I'd also recommend growing a variety of lettuce. It is so easy and you don't need much space, it works in pots. Last year we ate salad about 4 times a week for nearly 3 months!

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  7. Such lovely plans! I do love The Good Life :)

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  8. VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood: Ooh, that sounds like a proper kitchen garden. All we've done is a few tomatoes and cucumbers this year :) #theprompt

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  9. I miss our last small kitchen garden. The kids helped me plant and cultivate it so it was a great learning experience for them too. #theprompt

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  10. What a great idea, I can't wait to read about how your garden project progresses #BinkyLinky

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  11. I'm always in awe of anyone who actually grows anything edible! My dad has an allotment and its been a labour of love for him for years! We get given absolutely masses of tomatoes, courgettes, blackberries, swiss chard etc in the summer months. #ThePrompt

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  12. Love our kitchen garden. Popping over from #ThePrompt. Spotted you'd linked up about your kitchen garden too. Good luck with your garden. (We did cloth nappies too)

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  13. I love the idea of being self sufficient, so far this has extended to herbs!!

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