Due to the ever increasing price of food, I’m planning ahead for the spring/summer now for my garden. But I have a small problem, well more of a large 80lb large black labrador puppy problem. Betty *loves* destroying all things in pots, bags and well basically all plants, it’s her favourite thing in the world to do!
So that pretty much renders my 160ft back garden useless for growing vegetables except for the ancient apple trees that are already there. Unless I did some comprehensive fencing to keep her out of the top half which would make it pretty expensive, it’s impossible to stop her from trashing new plants.
So I’ve been surfing and found a few solutions which I can use in the front garden, which I’m going to make into a potager or kitchen garden. Also I’ll see the plants when I’m going into the house, so I’ll remember to water them!
If you mix the vegetables with ordinary plants you can make quite a pretty show, here’s my Mum’s garden from last year
She has a selection of vegetables mixed with the flowers and runner beans going up the trellis near the sweetpeas, which also filled in the new garden nicely. Beleive it or not this whole garden was 6 months old in this picture, all of this was planted at Easter and this photo was taken in August. I’ve been working on my garden for 5 years and it’s nowhere near as good as this – LOL!!
Now I love growing plants from seeds but since the wind and Betty killed off my mini plastic greenhouse; I’ve decided to just buy small plants either from a British grower, or the market if available. That way I don’t end up with hundreds of the same plant. It is a little cheating and a bit more expensive, but it is the best of both worlds as I still get to nurture them.
So this year, I’m going to go for cut and come again salads, cherry tomato’s in hanging basket – pretty and space saving, large heritage tomatos, herbs especially mint (for Pimms!) and basil, broccoli and carrots. All of these will be either planted into pots or straight into the garden with the flowers. Low maintenance is essential!
If you’d like more information on kitchen gardening here’s a few good links:
Martha Stewart – Vegetable Garden
and just added as a recommendation from Rochelle
Garden Girl – great urban ideas