Anyone who knows me knows how much I love fresh garden peas, straight from the pod. I get ridiculously excited when they first appear in the shops, and eat them by the bagful. I never cook them – they never get as far as the pot! I can remember my parents growing lots of fruit and veg in the garden when I was a kid, and I always volunteered to pick and pod the peas, but somehow the piles of pods only appeared to yield a small handful of peas for the freezer … My parents also grew raspberries, strawberries, black and redcurrants, gooseberries, rhubarb, beans, potatoes, onions … you name it.
I’ve always had a yearning to grow some of my own veg, and finally I now have a wee garden and am actually doing it! I’m pretty limited at the moment, given the lockdown. However, the wee garden centre at the edge of the village has had limited opening and – would you believe – they had pea plants for sale the other week. Just imagine my joy! They also had leeks. So on 20 April I started on the road to growing my own food in a sustainable way.
I check the plants every day to see how much they’ve grown and can see a big change already. I feel like a proud parent.
Garlic and potatoes are next on my target list … I am told you can grow potatoes in just about anything – a tub or a bag-for-life is apparently ideal – so you don’t need much space.
I am so looking forward to being able to eat delicious veg straight from the garden – now that really is zero food miles! And, of course, no packaging!
Any tips on successful grow-your-own in a small garden space welcome …