Our move has given us the gift of many things. One of those is a yard and garden. Previously we lived in a flat which had a strict no plants outside policy (including windowsills) so we really couldn’t grow very much. My indoor rocket lasted a while (which our tortoise Fred really appreciated) but other than cacti we deliberately grew little else.
However, we have inherited a gorgeous cottage garden. I have just started to prune it in parts (this is a pre-pruning photo of it). It is truly beautiful and we intend to enjoy some summer evenings in it eating dinner 🙂
Our yard (at the back) has provided us with the space to start growing our own veg, some of which we hope to eventually transfer into our front garden when we find a suitable space. So far we have started to grow potatoes, beetroot, mixed herbs, lavender, cauliflower, beans and lots of onions! Some of these have been gifted to us from our parents as cuttings. Some as whole plants. Some have come from seeds we have bought from a gift card given by a friend. My parents have supplied us with many pots. Currently they are all plastic ( but second or probably third hand). We are using wool to stop slugs (here’s hoping) and are aiming to go as organic as possible with the growing.
Is gardening plastic free? Currently no, but so far we have avoided buying any plastic. Everything we have got which is plastic is second hand which is good. Everything we have bought so far has been seeds in paper packets. We hope if we have to buy any pots in the future to re-use things we already have or if needs be buy non plastic pots. Currently an old shoe rack is making a great shelf 🙂
What is exciting is that we are hoping to grow and eat as much of our own vegetables as possible. This would be great for lots of reasons including our carbon footprint but especially because it gives us greater variety in our vegetables. Finding beetroot where we live plastic free would be a challenge, especially in bike-able distance, but currently we may end up with a host of plastic free beetroot (so long as the slugs don’t get to them). We are also looking forward over the next year to learning our harvest times and season. To listen to other gardeners and growers for tips on all the best ways to produce vegetables (fruit is in a year or so’s time).
So any tips folks? Anyone out there doing plastic free vegetable growing what to share any of there learning curves? All are greatly appreciated from an amateur gardener!