This summer I decided to do what I've been talking about for years, and finally plant some food for us! Not one to do things by halves, I grew things from seed, watching them carefully, and battling slugs and snails. This lavender was bought last year and has filled the pots out nicely. We have it on the patio, so the smell will hopefully waft through the house when the doors are open. (I cleaned me drains at the start of the summer so THAT should help the general fragrance)
My boys are big into broccoli, so I got seed tape and planted some in window boxes. I had about 12 good little plants in each box, but had to thin them out to 12" spacing, so we just have 3 in each window box. The plants survived the cull though, and I
hacked re-purposed an area of grass for 17 broccoli plants. They're doing well. The slugs and snails are loving them too. All my ideas of organic pest repellant went out the window the minute I discovered the slimy fu bastards were eating my veg at night.
Are the leaves of the broccoli edible? Seems an awful waste if not.
Below are peas grown from seed too, and I've two windows full of them in the kitchen. I Instagrammed them last week, but the outdoor plants seem to have more pods, though are ripening slower.
Below is a bean plant. I think this is the most fascinating. I bought a bag of dried chickpeas a few months ago and there was one random bean in it, which I planted, and this is the result!
The bean has some pods, so I'll photograph the beans when they're "done" and one of you might be able to tell me what the hell it is.
Note the holes in the leaves. I can't wait to eat this! My youngest already helped himself to a small head of broccoli, so one plant is now defunct. Or will it grow again? We're also looking forward to apples this year, our small tree seems to have loads. Yum!
Have you any summer veg growing? Tell us what's working and what's not. And how come my indoor peas got killed by greenfly?