So excited to showcase some new gardeners this summer and this is the first of these posts! My friend Andros loves his vegetables and they form a major part of his meals. Even better to reach out and harvest his own fresh greens, so he decided to take the plunge and grow his own. Let me show you round his garden through the pictures he has sent me. Inspired by the planters and the raised beds in my kitchen garden, Andros decided to invest in some handmade wooden planters.
The first young plants were the chillies, tomatoes, basil and chives and these travelled from my garden in London to start his journey off in Nottingham!
Pak choi is very easy to grow and loves part shade with cooler temperatures. In the picture below, the pak choi seedlings have popped up after the seeds were planted and sometimes they appear in clumps as it can be tricky to scatter the very fine seeds evenly. The new seedlings can be thinned out which means you pull out the extra seedlings and leave a few well spaced ones in to allow them to grow well.
The seedlings that are pulled out can be washed with the roots cut off and added to your salad, no waste and so yum! The broad beans have also put on good growth with flowers now, which means not too long for the bean pods to appear. Another very easy vegetable to grow.
Chillies are also doing immensely well this summer in this new garden and one to grow if you love heat in your food. Having said that if you love your meals with a milder flavour, there are varieties of chillies that are more fruity such as the Aji Limon and Jalepeno which I have now grown for two years. An easy addition to a garden in a pot, planter or border … just needs sunshine!
Seeds of spinach beet have come up beautifully and this loves part shade to grow with lots of moist soil. Spinach is a cut and come again greens, which means you can harvest the outer bigger leaves for eating and a week later the inner younger leaves will have grown big enough to be harvested … fresh spinach during the whole season.
Andros has done a fine job for a first time gardener and he has been enjoying the fruits … sorry the veggies of his labour this summer!
A real inspiration for a first kitchen garden, wouldn’t you say?