Growing vegetables has always been a huge part of my life. My parents started the hobby well before I was born, so I’ve never really known anything else. From wandering care-free around the garden as a toddler just taking everything in, to worrying if “I could have a go” (about literally everything) as a child, I wouldn’t have it any other way.As a child it was simply a part of weekend or school holiday life. It sometimes felt like an endless list of tasks which I just wanted to be finished rather than something that was there to be enjoyed. However as I got older, finished school, left for (and returned from) university and started my working life, I realised how much I’d learnt over all those years.
Nowadays, I don’t always have as much time to spend in the garden as I would like, but what I do know is that I still enjoy being outdoors and eating fresh produce from the vegetable patch – where some of my fondest memories are of times spent as a family.
Until I met Emily just over 3 years ago, I had no idea just how much of what you eat can be grown in your own back garden. I also had no idea that it would all taste better than it does in the supermarkets.
It didn’t take long for me to realise how passionate her family was about growing veg, and that it would only be a matter of time until I was asked to roll up my sleeves and lend a hand.
From the vegetables such as radishes and salad leaves that take a few weeks, to the slower-growers like leeks and large onions, it’s surprising how simple the whole process is. All you need is a little understanding of the basic do’s and don’ts – and of course a little (or sometimes a lot) of watering!
In creating this blog, we hope to be able to demonstrate that you don’t need to have decades of experience to produce good food…