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:
Voilet curly kale
Rainbow swiss Chard
King Edward potatoes
Black currant bushes
Purple Haze Carrots
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.