Sunday, 3 February 2008

Square Foot Gardening

We don't have a lot of space in our back garden, and what we do have is covered with paving stones or gravel. There is a small strip of earth, but it's not much.

I want to try this square foot gardening deal. It's compact, apparently easy, and something I can do with the kids.

The Husband wants to buy some fruit trees, too. Again, the trouble with the ground in the back means that we have to use pots. Really big pots.

But hey! If this works, we could be enjoying fresh apples or pears in a few years. And in a few months, we could be eating fresh vegetables. Provided, of course, that the sun comes out at some point.

We have tried growing stuff in the past. Last year it was strawberries, tomatoes and runner beans. The weather was not cooperative and we ended up with a lot of underripe tomatoes and not much else.

A few years ago, we tried to grow corn. Again with the bad weather. The two ears of corn that actually turned out were DELICIOUS, and I sometimes think back on that "crop" with a faint hope that we could do it again. We also tried to grow pumpkins, but all that we ended up with was a fast growing vine and no fruit. Seriously, pumpkin vines grow incredibly fast. It's kind of like a slow-moving horror flick; if you sit in one place for too long, your feet might get grown over!11!!

What I need to do is find some really hardy plants that don't mind the rainy and cold English summers. Preferably something other than tubers, but my hopes aren't very high.

1 comment:

Anna said...

Get an apple tree. Ours was planted in May 2006 and we had (delicious) apples last year. You need a moth trap thing so that they don't get all bug-riddled but I can find out the proper name for you if you want. If we had room for a pear tree as well I'd get one of those but I don't think we have at the moment.