Being Self Sufficient in my First Home
I’m not green fingered… at all! My parents have always had an allotment and been very self-sufficient for as long as I can remember. For years growing up I sniggered when they asked if I was going to help with the harvest at the allotment, and now I’m completely eating my hat, because I need their help!
Because I love my veg and home cooking so much, I wanted to build my own little veggie patch and herb garden in my house and start being self sufficient in my new home. I’m lucky in that my first house has got a lovely sized garden and enough room for two vegetable patches and lots of herb pots on on balcony and patio areas. So at the weekend I headed to the local garden centre and thought I’d get things started now that it’s the time of year to be gardening.
Every time I go to the supermarket I buy lots of fresh herbs because I use them so much in cooking. They probably come to £5 per week on fresh herbs (garlic, coriander, parsley, ginger, lemongrass…) so I thought if I had my own little garden where I could cultivate this stuff, it would save me a fortune! I only bought one planters worth to start me off with the aim to get some more next week when I’ve sorted a little more of the garden out. I bought some French lavender, English lavender, parsley, rosemary, and two cuttings from my parents herb garden – curry plant and lemon balm. I’ve no idea whether they’ll take, but we will soon find out!
I’ve also started my vegetables off in a little greenhouse thing I bought. Technical, I know! I’m not sure exactly how they’ll turn out, and once the seeds have started to sprout I’ll be moving them in to my veg patch which I’m digging out today. But what I’ve discovered is that if you don’t try, you won’t know, and you won’t improve. Seeds aren’t expensive and I bought a little starter pack for £5. The little greenhouse was £12 and the seed tray just £3 for 5 sets… so the most I will lose is £20 on having a go. I’ve got onions, carrots, shallots, garlic, artichokes and spring onions for my first havest… wish me luck!
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Update 7th May
I’m doing it, I’m being self sufficient!
My onions are growing! I can’t believe it, I’m actually managing to grow something! As already stated I’ve started the onions off in my grow house but I think they’re nearly ready to be moved to their big planters where they will stay until they’re ready. Eek, I can’t wait!
The carrots and garlic aren’t sprouting yet but they are not in the grow house… I’ll keep you posted on those, but so far, and after only 11 days, I’m very happy with my first harvest!