The Edible Garden

The old greenhouse has been our main growing area for several years and is home to a diverse range of plants.

Although the greenhouse has lost a lot of glass panels, it still 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.

We often will grow the same thing in several different environments for comparison, it helps to give us an idea of where best to plant the following year.

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!

Crop Rotation

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.

Strawberries and Lettuces on a drip feed
A snowwy day in February

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

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
We always accidentally grow too many courgettes and we end up forcing visitors to take them home and even put them out the front, free for passers by!

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!
We grew Double Yellow Sweetcorn for its sweet and juicy flavour!
Painted Mountain we grew last year

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

We’re working towards having potatoes available all year round!
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