Growing some veggies and herbs always was a dream of mine but with a busy work schedule and 6 rescue dogs it has never been quite possible… not only because of the lack of time but also because of the surplus of dog wee splashing around!
Once the lockdown started, I made my mind up and ordered the vital garden fencing, raised beds, heap of compost and ridiculous amount of seeds as well as some plug plants… I was amazed with all the varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs that and could try to grow myself and never seen in shops!
With all the spare time on my hands and scary possibility of not being able to get our favourite vegetables due to shelves getting empty with the growing global panic I have ordered couple of gardening books, watched hundreds of gardening YouTube channels and joined few Facebook Gardening Groups like Food Community where I could learn from more experienced gardeners, ask for advice and share my victories and failures.
In just couple of months (despite having a brown thumb!) I created a little piece of veggie heaven in small part our back garden that is not only providing us with amazing fresh and organic vegetables and fruit but also helped me focus on the very important aspect of lockdown life…. mental and physical stimulation that was “oh so” vital to get so many of us thought the hard times.
In my garden this summer you could find anything from a warm weather loving tomatoes, cucumbers, winter squashes, courgettes and bush beans to potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, sweet peas, lettuces, kale, celery, chard and amazing herbs like parsley, dill, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chocolate mint, stevia and brown fennel…. And lots more!!!
I also made sure to plant a variety of bee friendly flowers (Calendula, Lavender, Hyssop, Marigolds, Cosmos, Cornflowers and Sunflowers) throughout the vegetable garden for the amazing pollinators that are truly doing the hard job for us by pollinating many of the crops and helping the garden buzz full of life and colour.
There is nothing like freshly pulled radish, strawberry or parsnip… full of flavour and nutrients that help us keep our immune systems and taste palate happy! Most important: it doesn’t matter how big or small your space is… you can grow lots of vegetables, fruit and herbs in containers on your window sill, balcony, patio or small back garden!
I threw myself into deep water and I don’t regret it at all despite the few failures and the very unusual weather we had this year… if only, I regret I didn’t do it sooner!