My Edible Garden Update

Beatroot Seedling

It has been a few weeks since I have posted about my garden and in that time everything has doubled in size.

We have had crops of the first baby courgettes and plenty of rocket. Unfortunately the broccoli bolted (which was my fault for failing to do my research and planting it at the wrong point in the season) but I have filled the bed with beetroot, spinach and radishes which have all sprouted with delicate little seedlings. I particularly love the beetroot plants bright little red stems. We also lost a planter of spinach to leaf borers which severed a lesson to make sure I check the plants daily for signs of pests.

I find it hard right now to maintain the garden as well as I should do. I am so busy, I am always trying to juggle so many things and I never know what to prioritise and when. Many days go by where the garden gets accidentally left to fend for itself.  For such a small space I have managed to squeeze in quite a lot and there is always work to be done, weeds to be pulled and grass to be cut. Luckily though I am managing to keep on top of the work far better then last year when, underestimating how little time I would have with a newborn, (oh how I do envy you, you naive me of the past) my loved vegetable patch turned into an overgrown pest ridden disaster.

I am pleased with what I am accomplishing out here. When we first moved in a couple of years ago this space was just a mess of concrete and rubble the previous tenants never cared for. Having never grown any plant before, or for the matter, really managed to keep a house plant alive, I didn’t know where to start in turning the space in to an edible garden. Now it is full of life and is somewhere I love being. I feel like I have learnt and still learn so much through this nurturing process. I look forward to the day when I have a bigger garden for Eli to run around in, to grow more food and to have chickens but for now I am happy with this small little space that I have.

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    Wow – everything is looking great! After a cool and rather wet spring my veggies have a lot of catching up to do (although the polytunnel is doing OK). Enjoy your harvests! Rosie
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    Katie June 19, 2014

    I’m having Cougette envy this week. Have you tried fried and I think breaded Courgette flowers? My mum made them for us once and they were delicious! You have a lovely plot going on there!

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      Jenna June 19, 2014

      No I haven’t tried them but someone was recommending me courgette flowers the other day. I must look up a recipe, thank you for reminding me. :-)

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    Mammasaurus June 19, 2014

    My purple sprouting has bolted too by the looks of things, I might be sulking a tiny bit about that…
    Your courgettes look fab – those yellow flowers rally are lovely on them – I know they can be eaten but I’ve not tried them. Loving your tyre planters – and every thing is looking so green!
    Thanks for joining in again x
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      Jenna June 20, 2014

      I know, it is so gutting when plants fail isn’t it. I always have a mini tantrum in my head and declare I quit gardening until I inevitably get over it and carry on haha :)

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    I love your pots! You have used different things to plant your blooms and they worked! I only have few potted aubergines and your garden is an inspiration =) #hdygg
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      Jenna June 21, 2014

      Thank you, that is really kind :) I’ve had to really embrace growing in containers because there is so little room in my garden :)

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    sam@happyhomebird June 21, 2014

    Looks great, what a productive garden you have and everything looks lush. I like your tyre planters.
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      Jenna June 21, 2014

      Thank you :) I love tyres as planters, I live in an inner city area and people are always leaving them around :) Handy for me :)

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    Honey June 22, 2014

    You have made your garden look stunning. Beautiful plants are growing everywhere! Well done Jenna! #HDYGG x
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      Jenna June 23, 2014

      Thank you :-) x

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    Ness (@jibberjabberuk) June 24, 2014

    I love those tyre planters! I spotted an old tyre of my Dad’s at the weekend and was rather tempted to bring it back with me. Your plants looks much further advanced than mine.
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      Jenna June 24, 2014

      Oh next time you see a tyre you so totally grab it!! I think they look great as planters :-) Thanks for reading :-)

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    sustainablemum June 24, 2014

    Your garden is a wonderful, an inspiration to anyone who says I don’t have enough space. You have been so creative in making use of the space you have to grow so much :)
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      Jenna June 25, 2014

      Aww thank you :-) x

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    doris June 24, 2014

    such a nice green greenspace! love the tire planters. so fun.
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