It is now that time of year, when we are just coming out of the danger zone for frost which means it’s time to start planting to seeds and growing on some seedings!
I took a trip to my local greengrocer in Stirchley, and bought a few plants to get me started and some seeds. I’ve had a lot of luck growing things in the past, and for me there is nothing more rewarding than cooking a meal from the produce you have grown yourself, not only is the flavour ten times fresher, I believe you can really taste all the love and care that has gone into nurturing these plants.
One of my favourite cooking experiences was creating a meal which consisted of the things we had grown ourselves with the addition of some free range chicken!
This year so far I have thyme, rosemary, sage, mint, parsley, basil, rocket, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, leeks, radishes and peas. I still have a few more things to get some courgettes, green beans, and potatoes.
The first time I ever had a go a “growing my own” I was so surprised how easy it could be, putting a little seed into some soil and giving it a bit of water each day, and a few months later here I had all these wonderful ingredients to play with! Over the years I’ve had a few pests, I remember how heartbroken I was one morning to discover my entire grow bag of basil had been demolished by one snail, overnight! But I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve now thanks to my gardening guru, Granddad Sutor, unfortunately this is the first year I won’t have his expertise, but I think I can do him proud with the lessons he’s taught me!
Below is a few photos from previous years!