An old sink (enterprisingly given the mock trough treatment) came with the house, but it sits in a rather gloomy north west facing spot and I've only ever managed to grow some rather bitter rocket and spinach there. In a moment of inspiration I thought of rhubarb. Well it's supposed to grow in the dark isn't it? Looking fine so far.
A place to share tips on growing food
If you've grown a pot of parsley on the kitchen windowsill, got strawberries on the patio, carrots in the raised bed or a whole meal on the allotment, Kitchen garden is the place to boast about the food you've grown.
It's also where you can tap into the collective know-how of your neighbours and get answers to your gardening queries.
So please share photos of your successes, ask the community for help where nature seems to have got the better of you, and if you have a top tip for a more fruitful garden -- share it.
Ever wondered just how far a raspberry plant would send its suckers in search of pastures new? Well here's a new cane beginning to grow in the middle of my raised strawberry bed. Some 2 metres from the raspberry plants you can see in the background. I expect to be sitting in the lounge one day and see one coming up through the floorboards.
One of the best things about kitchen gardening is when one of the seeds you planted finally starts to grow when you'd almost given up hope. Here is the very first sign of a courgette seedling. There are 2 more seeds in that pot so now I'm thinking maybe another will grow...
Lots of blossom on the cherry tree which means lots of cherries -- if there are still enough bees around to pollinate the flowers. I tried to fan train this tree so it wouldn't overshadow the rest of the garden. It hasn't come out quite the shape I had in mind, but at least I get lots of cherries from a very compact tree. This one's Stella on a Colt rootstock.
In the latest round of my war against cat shit I'm now trying these - plastic strips which are a bit spiky -- and a bit ugly. But the idea is they don't really show once stuff is growing through them. I can report that they definitely work and they even seem to make snails think twice. And here are radish seedlings beginning to grow through a strip. Hmmm - looks as though thinning out could be a bit tricky.....