Every year I talk about creating a vegetable patch, and every year the spring and summer months pass me by and I find myself looking out onto a garden with no such patch in sight.
So this year without the excuse of a hectic work schedule or a newborn baby, I was determined to pull my finger out and get to work growing some of the vegetables and herbs we consume the most.
In March I purchased seeds for some tomato plants which I placed in small pots with compost on our windowsill, covered with clingfilm (I’d forgotten to pick up a propagator, but watched a YouTube Video which ensured me this would work). And it did! To my surprise, from 16 seeds, I soon had 16 saplings which rapidly grew to 8 inch tomato plants. Within no time it was time to transplant them into our garden…
Creating a vegetable patch
When we moved into our house two years ago we inherited a garden that had lacked any love and attention – aside from a few overgrown shrubs and a weed-riddled patio, not much time had been spent on it for some years. On the plus side it did have a couple of apple trees, which produces more than enough apples for an endless supply of apple crumbles throughout the winter, and there are also quite a few blackberry bushes alongside a damson tree. So it felt fitting to add to this garden of abundance.
Last year we had the patio uplifted and replaced it with new slate tiles and had new fencing fitted to make the garden more private. We didn’t get around to planting any flowers last year – or cutting any borders for that matter.
So with the warmer weather on our side last weekend we got busy in the garden and set about the task of digging weeds, cutting borders and creating a vegetable patch. Well, I say ‘we’…what actually happened was I started digging, found it far too much like hard work and Mr M gallantly came to my rescue whilst I fiddled around with my fork picking out anything that looked like a weed or debris…We then dug small wells about 18 inches apart and placed a small amount of compost around each sapling, using twigs for support.
And now I have my own little corner of our garden to call my own! Even Taylor was excited, helping me to water the new vegetable patch with her very own watering can.
I also have 16 chili plants currently growing on my windowsill…and seeds for spring onions and peppers. I’m not sure where they’re going to go yet, but perhaps I’ll just have to use our entire garden!
Have you ever thought about creating a vegetable patch in your garden? Do you grow your own?