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Growing my own... but not on my own.

Posted May 13 2010 4:54am
With a change of scene from city centre to semi-rural (Birmingham and now to Bewdley, Worcs) I've finally got the chance to develop that kitchen garden I have always dreamt of. I did grow quite a few vegetables and fruits when I was living in Aberdeenshire many years ago and ever since I've had the hankering to get back into that 'good life' way of living. After all there can be nothing more satisfying than cooking and eating something that you have lovingly grown all by yourself with your little green fingers (well thats the theory anyway...).

Anyway, now that half the house move boxes are unpacked clearly it was time for me to start procrastinating on the rest of them and to start planning my abundant kitchen garden. Turns out I am one of millions, yes millions of people in the UK who have decided to do this - there is a revolution going on it seems!! No doubt started by the recession (and Hugh FW) - people are trying to grow their own in droves (or should that be drills...).

Once I started reading up on it and examining the possible H&S issues of a v steep banked garden (that actually I am renting) I opted for container gardening on the patio at the back of my house. I think actually this will offer several benefits - no soil prep (cos I'm using ready prepped organic compost) and slightly less back breaking work.

I'm pushed for space but it hasnt stopped me from so far ordering about 50 things to grow!!! I got so carried away with the notion of trying to grow everything that I love to eat (and that is a LOT) that I pretty much ordered the entire organic seed range. And those were just the things that I need to get started with pdq - cos the months are-a-progressing! and I'm a bit late on the sowing scene to all this!

So mini greenhouse built (last night - by Dave - who gets the 'boy' chores), seed trays and compost at the ready I'm now waiting for my little packets of magic beans to be delivered. There is a sense of anticipation in the air and I think I'm nearly in some kind of mild euphoric state already.

Ah, yes - little things indeed.................

But I just can't wait to get my hands dirty and my larder full. Here's hoping city life hasnt squashed the country girl in me.

Watch this green space...

On order:

Herbs:  basil, borage, chervil, chives, dill, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, sage, thyme, marjoram, red basil, carraway, corriander, garlic chives (and I already have rosemary in the garden).

Veggies: beetroot, broccoli, cucumber, lettuce (3 types), onion, pea, radish, spring onion, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, savoy cabbage, white cabbage, cauliflower, leek, parsnip, pumpkin, potatoes (x3), mushrooms, sweetcorn, kale, sprouts, watercress, mustard and cress, strawberries.
I have opted for organic wherever possible - so far only the mushrooms are not organic. I have also purchased organic pesticide solutions, feed and compost.

Great sites that helped me were:

Chantal x
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