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.

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Winter 2020

Winter 2020 will be like no other, but nature keeps going. Shutting down for winter with glorious autumn colours, fruit and veg harvested, plants and nature resting before spring.

Being outside, in the fine sunshine, watching nature, you can forget the horrors and see that nature survives and just keeps going.

Now, if you have a balcony or a garden, you can grow vegetables, fruit and flowers to sustain you mentally and physically. But this way of life is for the long haul, and whilst veg can take a while to be edible, there are some that can be grown and eaten quickly, they just need a windowsill, or maybe a cold frame and some shelter.

On sunny days it's easy to imagine that your young plants are OK, but with the wind, rain, hail and snow battering them, you can see they need protection from the elements.

Plant flowers and shrubs that you enjoy, and that can give you something to smile at all year. The insects needed to keep your garden healthy will love you for it.

Grow your own vegetables

Winter is a time to eek out what you have in your plot, and hopefully enjoy produce that you have stored or frozen. But best of all it's the time to plan ahead for what you will grow next year. And see if you can have a productive garden for 12 months of the year!

There are seeds that can be sown early, including annual flowers, and things like sweet peas and broad beans. As the seeds germinate, and the seedlings start to grow, give them even light or they will go tall and straggly and be weak.

Pot them on to let them grow strong roots. But just sow a few seeds at a time, of a wide variety of veg and flowers, so you don’t have to deal with hundreds of plants all at one go!

The saying for Winter 2020 is from the 18th Century poet William Blake, "You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough".

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Pretty and useful in the garden

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