Could you grow these?
Could you grow these?
The Victorians, were an inventive bunch, they invented and developed so many things, today we seem to spend more and more time with new technical inventions rather than try and solve the many issues facing us with the environment.

Perhaps its simply we do not spend enough time outside to enjoy the sun, stars,landscape and the water?

Going back to the Victorians, they have been credited with developing the regimented summer bedding displays, they developed huge estate layouts with ponds or should I say lakes, they were instrumental in cut formal lawns, I think Ransomes was one of the first with a horse drawn mower?

What they also did was include vegetables within the garden landscape,as did the Germans and French, it’s a great way to grow veggies and herbs as it is almost invisible, yet so effective and pleasing to grow your own.Plus invariably the food is both fresh & free of those pesky pesticides.

Have you included herbs & veggies in your design? – a question for your landscape designer perhaps?

The marigolds help reduce the bugs
The marigolds help reduce the bugs

Our first interview for our Growing Trends radio show,was with a couple that do just that, – we are due to return shortly to see how the fruits of their labour has gone..

Their garden has between 350 – 400 Trees,Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and at least 75 Herbs & Veggies. It still has this beautiful pool to relax in !

Can you spot the herbs & veggies?
Can you spot the herbs & veggies?

Even if you only have a small area it is very beneficial to grow say just a pot or two of herbs, not only are they fresh, they keep on producing throughout the season, (saving lots of money) all you need to do is water, and take any seed heads off as they form.

Stacked herb pot.
Stacked herb pot.

For the more adventurous a larger area can be created, this requires more commitment, the rewards are much greater with more produce grown and the satisfaction of growing your own food.

An example from a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit
An example from a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit

Of course you could get completely carried away, employ a full time team and develop a world class garden, that attracts thousands of visitors a year.. feeding an awful lot of folks into the bargain !

Simply stunning !
Simply stunning !

How do I start ? I hear you say. Well the best way is always start in a conservative way, the easiest is probably to start with herbs, which will grow throughout the growing season, once thats mastered, try a quick growing veggie such as lettuce, it has a short cycle and is relatively easy to grow. If you don’t want the hassle of growing from seed initially, it’s possible today to buy ‘plugs’ that are pre started and likely to produce quite quickly, then progress from here, adding interesting varieties of say garlic, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes….

Weekend Garden Kit from Picagardi
Weekend Garden Kit from Picagardi

This garden was planted just 2 weeks earlier with pre started plants. The trick if you haven’t grown many plants yourself is to start small, then as you find that the weather and conditions are unpredictable, you can try a more adventurous approach. Remember though that even hardened gardeners find that some plants some years just do not flourish as expected.

The rewards are so worth the effort, producing your own food, saving money and having a healthy outdoor activity.

Hort Cuisine anyone ?
Hort Cuisine anyone ?

Ann & I will be talking to some new gardeners, along with some seasoned,experienced gardeners in the next few weeks… the trick is always to have fun and experiment just a little !

You can hear more of our interviews at  Growing Trends 

Or drop by our website at www.grotrends.com  

We would love to hear your suggestions, comments or requests….and we would really appreciate a like on Facebook !

 

Ann & Chris

 

 

 

 

 

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