Finally Planting

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Photos Guy Harris

After announcing a drought and forbidding the use of hoses as spring began, many of Britain’s water companies were left with egg on their faces when it rained almost non-stop for several weeks. The odd week of warmth and sunshine was followed by cold – even freezing – temperatures.  Even now, mid-way through June, most days seem more autumnal than spring-like.  Only as the weather finally begins to break can gardeners risk planting up their vegetable beds.

We travel so much that I cannot start my own seedlings. I don’t feel I can prevail upon neighbours to look after something so tender. So, I get a little help from my friends – choosing seedlings either from the Farmer’s Market, or from Rocket Gardens, a mail order organic seedling producer.

My seedlings arrived yesterday so in the early evening so I dug over my two  raised vegetable beds, adding some worm cast, and 35 litres of fresh compost to each bed.

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Although my garden is very large (it is L-shaped), much of it is laid to lawn and flowers. However even with just two raised beds I can grow quite a lot of vegetables and herbs. No matter how much or how little space you have, you can always grow something, even if it is in a pot on your windowsill. Check out The One Pot Pledge for more inspiration.

After I had dug the beds over, I planted my seedlings – peas, French beans, courgettes (zucchini) and three different varieties of heirloom tomato. I have some thyme, oregano, chives and an absolutely massive Rosemary bush (as you can see in the photo on the left) in one of the raised beds already.

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Despite repeated, regular pruning, my Rosemary bush continues to get larger. I think it may have designs on taking over the world, or at the very least, my garden!

It feels so good to finally have my vegetables planted, and although I had to water them in last night, tonight that is completely unnecessary as it is pouring with rain again. <sigh>

Even if you don’t have much space, I really do encourage you to try growing some of your own vegetables. Not only are they as fresh as fresh can be, you don’t have to worry about air miles – delicious produce is only steps away!

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Article by April Harris

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April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.
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