This coming year I am planning to grow vegetables and fruit. I know that my tomatoes didn't work out well, or at all really, this year but I intend to prepare this time!
This is my little patch! Not big or impressive at all really. It is about 8 feet squared. I removed a big buddleia bush from the edge. A lot more work than I expected as it went really deep! I have also dug over all the soil as it was well compacted down and is quite a heavy soil. The vague plan I have is to have an columnar apple tree and maybe a cherry tree too as well as some vegetables such as runner beans, potatoes, tomatoes, peas and carrots. I also would love to grow salad and maybe a little blueberry bush. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself though and I plan on treating my first year as a time of learning and practising.
Here are two books that I found on sale. I think perhaps the storing produce one is a bit optimistic! The kitchen garden book is really interesting though as covers what is to be planted each month as well as garden tasks like building raised beds. Each month has one or two practical projects such as tackling weeds, sewing seedlings, watering and planning your kitchen garden. I need to work on preparing the soil for plants. Maybe a compost bin would be a good idea!
There are a lot of magazines around on the topic of growing fruits and vegetables. Many come with free seeds each month as well as offers on reduced price plants to buy. I won't buy every magazine every month but I will look out for the ones with relevant topics in them such as starting out in gardening.
My dream would be a little house in the countryside with a vegetable patch, herb garden, fruit bushes and chickens! I just love the idea of eating something that I have grown from seed. I can't keep chickens here but I intend to make the best of what I can do. There are so many options of what to grow!
Do you grow food for your family? Any tips for a beginner would be appreciated!