Our little collection of home-grown goodness is growing! Our tomatoes, which we planted on 16th March, are growing well, and the herbs are sprouting up beautifully. The strawberry seeds we planted at the same time, however, haven’t taken, so today we planted two new large pots of strawberries. While we were at it, we also planted some courgette seeds, so we’ll see how they come along.
Our biggest success, though, is the beans! We planted them on 26th March and they have shot up! The other night, the tallest shoot was about 1.5 inches, but by this morning when we checked, it had grown to almost 6 inches tall – we couldn’t believe it!
I think that, next weekend, we’ll move the tomatoes and beans into the large window planter I got last year when I joined the One Pot Pledge. By then I hope we’ll see some sweet pepper and strawberry shoots ni their pots too – fingers crossed!
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Tagged Beans, Courgettes, Domestic Goddess, Family, Food, Gardening, Green Fingers, Herbs, Peppers, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Vegetables, Xander
It’s been ten days since we decided to try being a little green-fingered and grow some of our own food (or at least attempt to gain something edible – LOL!). My track record with plants to date hasn’t been great, so I’m making a concerted effort to do things right…
On 16th March, Xan and I planted a little pot each of tomatoes and strawberries. The tomatoes are doing really well, but the strawberries seem to be taking their time deciding what they want to do. I think I can see the beginnings of one tiny shoot in their pot, so I’m hopeful they’re deciding to sprout and will soon take after the tomatoes…
That same day, we planted coriander, basil, chives and parsley in an herb planter (I got the whole kit as a Xmas gift). The coriander has taken hold really well already; the basil and chives are just peeking through the soil, and the parsley looks like it’s just starting to poke through too.
Today, I was in town with Xander and took him into the local pound shop to “choose a prize”. He did as he usually does and chose a book, but then spotted some veg-pots, picked up one each of sweet peppers and green beans, and said, “I want to plant them, Mummy. Want to grow them and eat them up!” So, because they were only a quid each, we bought them and planted them up this afternoon.
As a result of all this, we have the beginnings of a lovely little kitchen garden on our kitchen windowsill! Lets see if I can keep them all alive and gain a nice crop of various veggies!
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Tagged Beans, Domestic Goddess, Family, Food, Green Fingers, Herbs, Peppers, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Vegetables, Xander
I’ve always fancied growing my own fruit and veg, but seeing as how we live in an area where the young’uns run wild and pull everything up out of gardens, it seems pointless to try planting in our small patch of green.
However, when I was at Asda at the weekend, I spotted some tiny pot kits for growing strawberries and tomatoes that are only £1 so I bought one of each for Xan. I also got a herb planter kit for Xmas and I felt it was time to get everything started, so just after lunch today, Xan and I planted our first lot of strawberries, tomatoes, basil, coriander, chives and parsley, and got lovely and messy doing it! They’ll be growing on our kitchen windowsill.
So, we should have strawberries and tomatoes from around late June to early August and the herbs should be ready for use around the same kind of time, I think. Now, I don’t exactly have green fingers, but I think it’s an important lesson for Xan to learn about where our food comes from and to be able to enjoy eating some food he’s helped plant and nurture.
I might even buy a few more of the strawberry and tomato pots next Sunday when we do out shopping, as last year I won an indoor window planter and I’ve not used it yet! It would be great to fill it with my own sweet soft fruits! And think of the money we’ll save picking my own, fresh from the planters, instead of forking out at the supermarket! It’s all added incentive to look after them… I can hardly wait!
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Tagged Domestic Goddess, Food, Gardening, Green Fingers, Growing, Herbs, Planting, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Xander