We have been yearning for the day when we would start organically growing our own vegetables, and while self-sufficiency is still only a dream, we finally planted our first seeds and seedlings. You've got start somewhere, don’t you think?
We have great plans for a big, really big vegetable garden with raised beds, automatic irrigation…, but for the time being we have agreed to start small and see how it goes. Relying on Kit to do all the work means we are not learning much at the moment. All we do is admire his work and take pictures. But we are aware we will have to take over when Kit leaves, so we look forward to learning the tricks of trade and becoming more confident.
Let’s see what we’ve got going on at the moment.
We had a raised bed built around the south-west facing corner of the house a few years ago. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and while it shocked some (they’ve got over it ;-), the bed has now been put to good use.
Kit has also created another vegetable bed, this one under some olive trees. It’s a lovely, shady patch of land in the shape of a triangle, so we christened it the Triangle Bed. He’s planted some courgettes and watermelons there, and a few tomato plants, but there’s a lot of unused space so we’re planning another trip to the garden centre this week.
And, there is a new, semi-circular bed outside the kitchen window now. We’ve decided to grow some herbs and aromatic plants there - thyme, oregano, basil, chamomile and citronella.
At the moment, it all feels like one big experiment, but we hope to really get into it and not let Kit down. Wish us luck! Better still, leave your advice in the comments!