Until recently, I was only interested in growing vegetables. I preferred my flowers cut and presented nicely in a vase. I still do, however I have come to appreciate that they attract and feed the bees that many of my vege plants need when it comes to fruiting and propagating. So growing flowers to feed bees is now on the agenda.
I come from a long line of excellent vegetable, fruit and flower growing stock, so technically, it should be genetically simple for me to make a decent go at it. With only a few years of herb and vegetable growing experience under my belt, I am branching out on a grander scale to grow enough of the staples to supply our kitchen and pantry all year around. That will mean succession planting, propagation and preserving.
Here in the Far North we have long, hot and dry summers and short, mild and wet winters. Not many frosts to speak of and generally great growing weather. So there are no excuses, really, for being able to grow a great number of veg all year round.
Ideally, I will …
Expand my garden to produce our vegetable staples all year round (within reason and the season) to supply our kitchen and pantry.
There will be a few fruit (and maybe nut) trees thrown in for good measure and experimentation, and perhaps a few recipes to record good ideas after harvesting. >If you’re doing something similar or have a tip to share, I’d love to hear from you.