DOES ANYONE ELSE HARBOUR SECRET FANTASIES OF RUSTLING UP AN AMAZING MEAL AND OH SO CASUALLY MENTIONING THAT YOU GREW THE VEG YOURSELF?
Although in reality, this particular His & Hers writer is far more familiar with M&S’s ready-meal aisles (which I know like the back of my hand) than with the whereabouts of my local garden centre, still the dream persists.
If you’re also keen to gain your grown-up credentials (and impress your friends) by serving up a little something from your kitchen garden, we have a great guide from our friends at Suttons on what to grow where. And you won’t be the only one making the most of your garden!
Toby Buckland at the Telegraph says: “There has never been a more interesting time for edible gardening. It is right on so many levels. It saves money, saves the planet and satisfies our epicurean appetites. Edible gardening is an opportunity to grow interesting flavours fresher than money can buy. It is the key to children being more adventurous with food. If they grow it, they will eat it – and that’s exciting.
“Unlike crazes of the past, such as decking and blue fences, a cohort of trowel-carrying cooks has created the current enthusiasm for home-grown. I think it’s a trend that’s here to stay. Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have not only raised sales of vegetable seeds above those of flowers; they have brought many beginners into gardening.”
Whether you’re a novice Nigella or a green fingered kitchen god or godess, Suttons’ simple infographic has you covered. And if you want to show off by telling friends and loved ones that you not only have a kitchen garden, you also have a ‘companion planting system’, well we’d downright encourage it. Happy planting and feasting, fellow domestic gods!
Growing your own fruit and veg:
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