Our first proper veggie patch is starting to take shape and produce some yummy fresh goodies to munch on. Now my photos aren’t the flashest but, like a proud first-time mum, here are some pics from December:
The courgettes are starting to fruit. Excuse the rather munched on leaf! We’re attempting to grow organically, which can be a tad frustrating: spending 45 minutes trying to wash Sunlight soap from your lettuce (due to a quantity mishap) and flushing aphid-type creatures from your brassicas is not what I call a “joyfull” process!
Sweet peas are divine – our crop doesn’t quite make it to the table – a quick trip out to the clothes line or to pick some fresh corriander always ends up in a quick munch. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh picked peas!
Nasturtiums are a great companion plant that bring bees and the good bugs into your garden. Bursting with colour they give the garden a burst of bright energy. Their rambling tendencies ensure they pop up all over the place and the flowers give a spicy kick to your green salads. I’m keeping my eye out for seed pods to harvest and plant in other corners of our garden.
A home veggie patch is a really satisfying project: you get all the health benefits of growing your own veggies whilst providing an enriched learning environment for the next generation. Top parenting that is!