Grow your own food!

Digging the vegi patch in the garden
Digging the vegi patch in the garden

Turn your garden into a mini organic plantation like we are!

Vietnamese coriander, peppermint, Sorel, sage and garlic chives
Vietnamese coriander, peppermint, Sorel, sage and garlic chives

We live on a tight budget; we like to eat organic and I have an expensive sewing hobby.

Rhubarb
Rhubarb

With such discerning tastes and an unwillingness to compromise on quality, we’ve found creative ways to economise!

Gooseberries and Oregano
Gooseberries and Oregano

One way has been to make our garden as organic and edible as possible!

These bushes will soon be laden with raspberries!
These bushes will be laden with raspberries soon!

Last spring we dug up a corner of the lawn and made a small vegi-patch.

Vegetable patch in corner of the lawn
Vegetable patch in corner of the lawn

It’s a humble little space but we enjoyed this kind of bounty from it every day last summer!

Summer garden bounty!
Summer garden bounty! A mix of rocket, toms, spring onions and herbs!

Tomatoes, spring onions, aubergines, lettuce, rocket, lamb’s lettuce, peppers, green beans and chilli flourished. This year we’re trying carrots, cucumber and zucchini as well.

We’re also trying our luck with some less common plants such as goji berry and peppercorn bushes and moringa plants.

We’re germinating the seeds in this mini greenhouse inside the house and then transferring the seedlings to the garden.

Seeds germinating in the mini greenhouse
Seeds germinating in the mini greenhouse

We’re novice gardeners and we’ve still got lots to learn, but we’re willing to try stuff out and we’re having fun learning how we can eat from our land!

Have you grown food? Is your garden working for you? Do you have any tips for novice gardeners like us? Have you developed novel ways to save cash to pay for your sewing hobby? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear about your green fingers!

Happy Spring holidays everyone!