The Edible Garden

The old greenhouse has been the main area dedicated to growing food for several years and is now home to a wonderful range of plants every year.

The greenhouse has its own micro climate which gives us the opportunity to grow things we may not necessarily be able to do outside of the greenhouse. There are many perennial fruit trees and sub-tropical plants grown here as well as flowers grown for seed. We are able to grow annual and perennial vegetables in a more natural, wild manner and plant more specifically to plants needs using different areas of the greenhouse.

We use some known principles in the garden to help create a thriving environment where pollinators are attracted too!

Companion Planting

Rather than planting in formal rows, we grow many different plant species together in the same area and this is much healthier, natural environment.

Plants that are grown with others can be less susceptible to pest invasions and diseases since many plants have compounds that repel. Just as equally, they can attract, which is why we use plants particularly attractive to pollinators, in order to tease them into the veggie garden!

Companion planting

All plants affect the surrounding soil in some way and by understanding which benefits each plant family offer, we can help to maintain an organic, healthy soil that is balanced, and full of microorganisms that will network around the whole area underground!

Another principle we think is effective when growing vegetables is to rotate which plants are grown in which areas. All plants leave a trace and this could be potenially beneficial, or hindering to the plant that follows.

Plants go into position based on position, sunny or shady, but also whats been growing there before. Understanding plant families helps as this is what your working with.

Zero Waste Garden

A raised bed that was home to Tomatoes and Marigolds all summer is cleared out in Autumn. We leave the fruits to rot down a bit naturally so we can feed them straight to the worms! Leftover foliage goes onto the compost heap, and Marigolds are left to dry and harvested for following years seed. Follow the link to see what organic fertilisers we use in the garden

Flowers are grown amongst the food

Growing flowers is all part of the healthy ecosystem where pollinators are attracted to the garden. As well as bringing bursts of colour on grey days, we can also use them for cut flowers, dried flowers and for their free seed!

In winter we turn all our beds over with a fork, mulch them up with some Organic material and cover them until Spring.

A snowwy day in February
March shows signs of life our Asparagus pops through!
Beetroot, onion and garlic looks healthy in Spring

Fresh onions are one of our most used ingredient in the kitchen so we grow loads!

We’ve had much success interplanting onions with other vegetables and their strong scent can be used to defend crops from certain pests!
Potatoes flowering in early summer

Chilli peppers and Sweet peppers are settled in to their beds by June

Sweet peppers

We sow a border of herb seeds around the plants to fill in all the gaps by summer!

Chilli peppers
Every year we’re growing more and more tomatoes because we can’t get enough of them!

The white grapevine has been growing for many years and produces big bunches every summer!

A patch of Potatoes are harvested at the end of summer and the bed is then filled with onion and garlic sets

Sets are planted in late September and will be ready around June. We have protected these with some wire fencing to give them a good chance of staying in the ground!

All year round Potatoes

As a dedicated fan of potato in all forms, be it mashed, roasted, boiled or chipped, the ultimate goal is to have a year round supply!

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