Working with nature is a key aspect to my method of growing nutritional healthy fruit and veg for the family.
Seasonal Vegetable Growing Medieval Style
This is a rolling program and a work in progress of my organic vegetable gardening project in conjunction with a communal gardening project which I'm organising with a few friends to produce good healthy food from our back gardens. This diary is more for my benefit so that I can successfully Project Manage the communal garden project and to have a reference source for future years when restocking on seeds and planning the next seasons growing plan. The aim here is to make this a rolling program monthly diary for the summer months and seasonal diary over the winter period,
Buying seeds which may last two or three years before germination becomes poor and restocking each year as necessary is fine. However, if you don't keep accurate records it's a missed opportunity to seek out those seeds which perform best, especially if they consistently perform well. Keeping good records can also aid in your evaluation of how well or otherwise plants do in different growing conditions taking into account sowing and planting times, the weather, the fertility of the soil.
Saving on Our Food Bill by Growing Our Own Vegetables
Using the Supermarket Price Comparison website in the UK these prices are based on the best value (cheapest) prices in the supermarket as at the times the fruits and vegetables were harvested. Although my crops are organically grown and organic produce tends to be premium price in the supermarkets I opted to use the supermarkets bargain prices as a comparison to give a conservative indication on savings on our food bill; in that if we had bought our fruit and veg from the supermarket we would have bought the cheapest on offer and not the more expensive organically produce.
The table at the bottom of the page shows the total savings on our food bill in one year.
Ideal for the weekend gardener
As described above I've taken my inspiration from research done the National Vegetable Research Station in England where they demonstrated the many advantages of informal gardening, planting crops closer together which helps to smother weeds, reduce the need of water through shading the soil from the sun and reducing evaporation and potentially producing a greater yield of crops per square metre (yard) albeit no exhibition winners as individual vegetables may be smaller; but picked young and fresh, very tasty.
Essentially, akin to the principles for a typical English Country Garden e.g. medieval style gardening. This approach to gardening in the style and theme of an English Cottage Garden lends itself to inter-planting crops with flowers as part of companion planting, which is described in greater detail in my Organic Vegetable Gardening article; the link to this is further down the page.
Once your plot is fully established in mid-summer this style of gardening produces a more informal garden that requires less maintenance and looks more attractive than a conventional Victorian style garden and is rewarding at the end of the year when you start harvesting your healthily grown organic vegetables.
Selection of herb Seeds
Herbs are a great addition to your garden and when freshly picked along with organic vegetables grown in your vegetable plot add great flavours to your recipes. If you fancy starting your own herb garden but don't know which herbs to try then a good way to experiment and find out is by buying a selection of seeds like the ones previewed below and to give it a go.