Sunday, 13 July 2014

Gardening and More Gardening

Did you see my article in Fresh Vegan, from garden to plate?

You can’t beat the flavour of a home grown carrot, tomato or that first crop of those “oh so  weet” peas, nor can you beat that wonderful feeling of stepping outside and picking your own food for dinner. You really can’t get any fresher than that, can you?”

How can you not want to grow your own? The food you eat will be seasonal, it will have no food miles and you will know exactly what you are eating, without worrying about what nasties have been sprayed on the crop. It’s win, win in my book.

In the article I give advice about growing your own, no matter how small your garden or patio is, tips and tricks of keeping your plants healthy and companion planting or other defenses to keep the pests away!

Since the article and visiting my blog the people at "Good to be Home" a Home and Gardening Magazine have been in touch. They have kindly given me permission to share their "Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet", which is great!

So if I inspired you to pick up a spade, or buy a few pots and some compost so you can grow your own, why not take a look at the sheet below for further information.

If you have room in your garden, perhaps in a border or even better dig up some turf and make yourself a raised bed you can still sow some seeds. If you haven't got a large garden, fear not you can still sow seeds in pots and put on your patio. So, if you thought it was too late to start, think again and get sowing. 

Choose from beetroot, carrots, french beans, lettuce, spinach, raddish, spring onions, swiss chard and turnips! What a selection, you could easily whip up some tasty meals with that lot.

Once your produce is ready to harvest check out my recipe page for inspiration on what to cook. Why not try my spinach and mushroom pie when your spinach is ready to harvest? This recipe is very popular and was also featured in the animal friendly cookbook which was put together by Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary.

Now get outdoors and start gardening, you'll wonder why you haven't started before................

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this! I've just started planning my garden, and this will be a rather helpful reference!

    1. No problem, and if you want to ask me any questions I'd be more than happy to help. Good luck with your future gardening project, once you've started and tasted how fresh your food is there's no going back :o) x


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