The time is nearly upon us when we have ides of what to grow , how to transform our garden and what mistakes we can rectify from last years mistakes. So imagine my happiness when watching tv and an advert from WHICH? came on offering a free gardening guide , all I needed to do was call a free phone number 0800920160, to order .
When speaking to the operator, he asked me if I had grown my own veg and fruit before and I had mentioned that I had but that it didn’t always work out and I didn’t know if it was the soil or the slugs. He said that today they were offering a trial of 3 magazines of their proper gardening editions, for only £3.00. I was told that I could cancel after the three months as the price goes up to just under £30 for a subscription. Bargain here I come!
Its not just for economical reasons, that we want to be more self sustainable but there is a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that you have made something grow and that it doesn’t have the usual pesticides and whatever else they do to it before it reaches the supermarket shelves and your home.
Its also a very good learning opportunity for Thunderpants, who loves seeing the end results and especially loved digging through the soil for her potatoes and carrots last year. She is also trying new veg and fruit that she possibly would not have tried otherwise and I feel that it also works along side the cbeebies show, Mr Blooms Nursery. I as a child ate a lot of home grown fruit and veg whether it be from my Dad’s efforts or those of my aunts. I remember the green beans especially that I helped to snap the ends off of and then cooked and cooled for a salad or had them hot with the rest of the dinner. We also had cucumber, tomatoes and beetroot which were usually combined or on their own with balsamic vinegar, oil and pepper. Very simple but nutritional and tasty.
I have also pinned various different ideas in pinterest to my boards and have ideas of old welly boots that no longer fit, to old crates and tea pots to plant herbs and wild flowers. There are so many things that can be done , I think it will be a mish mash of odd bod’s and craziness this year. I have always liked chaos , there is no reason for the garden to be left out in that.