From Garden (or Windowsill) to Table
It could be argued that there is little more satisfying than watching something grow from a seed into something that you can serve your family to eat.
Short on Space
Don’t let a lack of garden space deter you from starting to grow your own vegetables and fruit. There is still a huge variety that can be grown in pots on your patio or balcony. Alternatively you could even start growing on your windowsill.
You can grow chilies on your windowsill or peppers. Salad leaves are perfect to grow on your windowsill. They grow in the space of a few weeks and then you have an abundance of fresh leaves whenever you need them.
If you have a balcony or a small patio then tomatoes are great and very satisfying to grow. If you don’t have much floor space then remember you can grow things in hanging baskets too. Strawberries are great grown in hanging baskets and it keeps them away from hungry snails.
Spring onions, radishes, garlic, peas, etc. don’t need very deep soil to grow in and are all easy for novice gardeners. You might think you need a big area to grow potatoes but as long as you have a deep enough pot (or one of the specialist bags) then you can easily grow them.
Herbs are a Great Place to Start
If you a novice gardener then growing some herbs on your windowsill would be a great place to start. Basil, mint, thyme, parsley or sage are all easy to grow. If you want to start off with just one herb first then ask yourself which herb you will use most in your cooking. There is no point investing time and energy into growing coriander if (like me) you can’t stand the taste of it.
Which herb will you most likely use in your cooking? Remember you can also use herbs for drinks too. A couple of mint leaves in hot water makes a very refreshing mint tea.
Give it a try, I’d love to see how you get on.