Growing your own fruit, veg and herbs is easy and it doesn’t need to be a massive deal. That’s why I’m writing this, to share some of the simple ways I’ve planted and grown some great delights in my tiniest of gardens. It’s easy to get caught up on all the tricks and techniques of growing your own produce, you may as well just don a straw hat and become a farmer. Right?! (Sorry about the terrible stereotype there). But no, you don’t need to be an expert at all, simply just be willing to have a go.
You don’t need to have a space or a patch for fruit and veg is my first bit of advice. Plants can intertwine into your other flowers and borders and in most cases add something eye catching. For example strawberries will grow just about anywhere and they have great little white flowers before the strawberries form. This year I’ve grown mine in about 10 different coloured plant pots so they really do look like a statement. Just water them every day when it’s hot and they’re now growing luscious red fruits. Herbs are great for weaving in too, if you have a patio, rock or slabs they look great growing in the cracks and tight spaces (plus it will stop things like mint from spreading too far!). As an added bonus herbs will often give a fantastic aroma as you brush past them too, like my lemon thyme that grows in my alpine bed.
Just have a go, is my second tip. If you want to try growing something, then do. Most of the time you can’t go wrong, and if it does, you’ll know for next time. Seeds and small plants are cheap as chips to buy so it really doesn’t matter if they die a wicked death. More often that not though, something will grow and the whole experience will be a learning for an even better crop the year after. There’s nothing like watching your plants grow from seedlings and then eating the treasures that grow in the end, it really does pay for the perseverance you put in.
Really, that’s all my advice. Because it’s so easy and really it’s just about having a go and learning. Of course if you do want tips and tricks then the internet is your friend, if you’ve trialed away and just want to perfect a wholesome crop then google away. But simply, just have a go and have fun.