What I’m growing this year
This year is a fresh start for our vegetable patch. We moved to a new house last June and spent the rest of the year getting settled into our new home and garden.
At the end of last year I started planning what changes I wanted to make to the garden we have inherited. We were very lucky to have a well-maintained garden with the house that would make a great starting point.
At the start of the year I made a good start by building a small (approx. 1m by 2m) raised bed in a corner of the garden. I have also painted all the fences and the shed so that I can start growing fruit trees and a grape vine around the edge of the garden without taking up too much room. I then added a water butt and guttering to the shed to provide water and put our old compost bin to good use when I collected all the autumn leaves.
I started planting in February with broad beans on St Valentine’s Day followed closely by radishes to make use of the space while everything else is growing.
Over the next few weeks I also planted seed for leeks, peas, carrots & lettuce in the raised bed. We have also hung some small pots on the shed and planted 6 Strawberry plants; if these do well I intend to add more pots on the shed next year.
In the house I have used small pots on the window sill to get courgettes started and planted some more leeks as a backup along with yet more lettuce and lots of kale. I will plant these out when the weather warms up using large pots for the courgettes dotted around the garden.
In the front garden we have also made some small changes, the whole area is covered with gravel and already had a large amount of chives, rosemary and lavender. We decided we would use the front garden as a herb / tea / cottage garden so it looks nice but still has lots of useful herbs and plants for cooking and making tea.
We have removed some of the bushes in the front garden and added more herbs such as chocolate mint, green and purple sage, a different type of rosemary and 3 types of thyme.
I am using this year as a trial to see what works well in our new garden and get back used to growing our food again after a couple of years trying to sell our old house and keep the small garden we had tidy. I have already planted the grape vine and will buy a plum and apple tree in the autumn to plant against the fence line.
The first Radishes I planted are ready to eat so I will harvest them this weekend, there’s nothing like the taste of freshly picked veg especially when you have grown it yourself!