Home Grown Gardens

Home Grown Gardens

Welcome to Home Grown Gardens where we hope you will join us in enjoying being in the garden, growing your own fruit and vegetables, and of course, eating them! Flowers and shrubs in your garden should bring colour, scent, and wildlife all the year round, so long as you can get outside to enjoy it all.

There is no mystery to gardening, or to growing fruit and veg, so start small and do more each year. Being in your garden and growing your own veg and plants should be fun and rewarding, not yet another stress agent. There is no need to have straight lines, and neatly clipped edges, but good soil is fundamental. No chemicals are used by Home Grown Gardens, which means anything from the garden or veg plot can be eaten with confidence. But, being in North Yorkshire and on the edge of town means every pest you can think of, wild and domestic, visits. Growing, eating, sharing, is the ethos of Home Grown Gardens, so it's nice to have you with us.


Autumn 2019

Autumn into winter is a time to take stock of what you grew, what you enjoyed, and what you'd like to do next year.

You may still have veg left to eat, and you may have veg and herbs that you can pick well into Winter and Spring. If not, plan for that for next year.

And in the garden, there may be lots of flowers or just a brown mass. If you can, leave stalks and seedheads. All sorts of beneficial insects overwinter on them, and you can cut them down in Spring. Just pile them up somewhere in the garden once they have been cut down.

Grow your own vegetables

Leeks, Kale, Cabbages and herbs all last well through the winter whatever the weather. It’s best to lift carrots and beetroot, or you’ll find that the slugs have got to them first.

Go around the garden saving some seedheads that you can sow next year, from poppies, calendula, nigella, Linaria and Honesty. They will all germinate happily in spring giving you lots of free plants. Don’t hoe around flowered plants, let the seedlings germinate first and then use them or remove them when they are big enough for you to tell what they are.

The quote for this Autumn is from Albert Camus who wrote “Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower.”

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Pretty and useful in the garden

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