Growing some of my own food is always something I’ve enjoyed and although far from being self sufficient, I manage to keep the kitchen partially stocked with some of my efforts. On reflection, I’m definitely on the ‘could do better’ list, but this year, despite the current weather and winter flood damage, things are looking pretty good in the Wee Pinch of Sugar garden.
Whether this years spoils will match my previous efforts, remains to be seen but progress, albeit slow, is being made. An old injury means I’m unable to do any heavy work but I’m ably assisted by Mr G who happily acts as labourer, digging and planting when I need help. As they say, every job needs a gaffer.
This year I’m keeping a photographic record of the progress, as when winter sets in and plants die back, it’s easy to forget what it looked like during spring and summer. There’s also the added problem of the younger dog stealing the plant markers.
I’ve also embarked on planting edible plants and herbs in different parts of the garden and the long term plan is to convert as much of the garden over to this style of planting. What I now need is for temperatures to rise to allow the summer vegetables to grow and to encourage growth in the new herbs and edible plants.
Here’s a snapshot of what I have going on at present.
There’s also a wide selection of herbs growing and I’ve also planted some edible flowers this year. One major casualty was the rosemary hedge which was lost as a result of a fungus. New plants have been planted in a different part of the garden and I will need to add more as rosemary is a regular addition to my cooking.
Over the next few weeks, the runner beans and courgettes will get planted and the salads and strawberries that are in tubs will hopefully benefit from some much needed warmer weather. It’s always very satisfying to eat what you’ve grown. Fingers crossed and who knows what the next pictures will show.