Maybe it’s a reaction to the rich food of Christmas. Or a lack of sunlight and a desire for it to be Spring. But I’m thinking about what I’m going to grow next year, and I’m not thinking only about the flowers. Well, not in the main.
No, next year I want to grow more stuff but knowing I don’t have a) heaps of time b) the inclination or c) the space to be self sufficient. But I do want more fresh herbs, more interesting salad stuff, and a new apple tree. If I was pushing the boat out, then maybe a quince tree too.
So, these are the places and businesses I’m looking at for help and inspiration, as I await the changes of Spring:
* Sarah Raven is always inspiring to me, and I love her website. Her seed collections are great, and I like the sound of the Chuck in and Harvest Herb seed collection, sounds like my level of gardening. Plenty of good gardening kit too.
* I’ve seen quite a lot from Allot In a Box, and it certainly seems like a well designed product. You could sign up to get seasonal boxes of seeds four times a year, or choose your own, the choices are great. The Kitchen Garden Box would seem like the kind of thing I need, though wondering if I can swap out the kale seeds!
* I have to be honest, I’ve not always got on well with growing stuff from seeds, which is why Rocket Gardens have always appealed, as they send you out baby plants. The instant herb garden sounds just right for what I’m likely to need.
* Manor Farm Herbs look like they have a great selection of herbs, from the normal through to things like Good King Henry, which is also known as Lincolnshire Spinach apparently. I’d also be buying up several Moroccan Mint plants, to make the freshest mint tea ever.
My other plan is to grow peonies and ranunculus, which would give me a trio of my favourite flowers along with the roses I already have. Let’s hope that it is a better growing season in summer 2013 then 2012 turned out to be! Any one have any useful hints and tips for a pretty amateur grower then all advice welcome!