Oo, matron, look at my big radish!
French Breakfast 3. My very first radish harvest. Taste= juicy, hot and peppery. So good!
Really easy to grow, and very quick. If you have a little piece of ground, or room for a pot, consider growing a radish, or two :o)
Since moving to our new house I've been attempting to grow edibles. Things to add to my salads, sandwiches and smoothies.
Now, I realise this blog post shows my immense ignorance at proper vegetable gardening. I own gardening books, I have read and watched Charles Dowding, and my little mind has balked at the work a veg gardener has to do- making compost, building raised beds, getting the soil right for each type of veg, cycling crops and all that jazz... that's not me, not at the moment, I have to build slowly. Now, I just wanna sow and go! You can smirk at ma work, but just know that I know... I'm no Charlie Dimmock. I've not really got the hang of it, and certainly couldn't survive on my meagre plantings.
Last August I planted kale and strawberries:
The kale was great, I picked off and nibbled leaves for seven months. I let them flower for a while, the flower buds where lovely to eat! Now they've been chopped them down and replanted. They seem to be shooting again. Perhaps I'll be lucky and get another harvest.
I seem to remember eating one sad strawberry from the strawberry plant last year, but since then they have grown incredibly. One small clump has developed into seven large clumps. I added some wood ash to the soil when I replanted them this month-May, and there are several fruits forming!
This April without any ceremony, I gaily scattered a few seeds in a small bed. It's May and I have already been nibbling baby salad leaves: spinach (Trumpet F1) and 'Tuscan salad lettuce mix'. Sharing the leafy bed are a handful of half-visible swelling radish balls! (French Breakfast 3)
Last week, I went crazy and scattered the rest of the packs all over another, larger bed, just randomly, without any care or love. When I related this to my sister she laughed and told me she'd found a plastic box full of various packets of seeds that my mum had left lying around and she'd done the exact same thing, and if mum's spirit was watching wouldn't she be exasperated with us both! :oD
Our mum, Patricia, was a lady who did things by the book. And she had a book for everything... several books for each thing. Never knowingly not reading or doing things by the book! She absolutely loved gardening, but was not a veg gardener. The extent of her edible gardening was tomatoes and cucumbers, in the greenhouse, in grow-bags. She was more into herbs and ornamentals. But if she had grown fruit and veg it would definitely be done properly.
This May I've added one sad tomato plant, one apple tree, chives, parsley, basil, coriander and red onions to my list of edible plantings. I have plans for more... maybe potatoes, carrots, rhubarb, currants...
Slowly, little by little I'll get to grips with growing my own. I get such a happy feeling, trotting out to the garden to collect a handful of goodies for my plate. I'm in love with the idea of food for free, fresh and clean. I've been making super green juices with nettle shoots, dandelion leaves and kale from the garden. Last summer we harvested apples from two ancient cooking apple trees that must have been planted when the house was first built. Also bowls of plums from the many wild plum trees, and of course, hundreds of wild blackberries from the extensive bramble patches.
I'm not sure if we'll be able to stay here until next summer, with a little luck we will, and perhaps then my garden will be full of all sorts of yummy fruit and veg.
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