Frugal Family

Spring: growing food in the smallest of places

In just 5 days, Spring will have officially began (that’s March 20th if you are not reading this on the day I pressed ‘publish’) and we couldn’tt be any more excited.

Our usual signs of spring seem to have been around for ages now. Daffodils have been springing up since the end of December in my town, which is just crazy!! Snowdrops were seen before Christmas and Crocuses similarly. All because we have had the mildest winter since records began in 1910, even if it did feel like a cold and miserable 3 months. But, Spring is nearly here, which means Summer will soon follow.

My 100+ tomato seeds, pepper, chilli pepper, beetroot, cucumber, peas, beans (of a million varieties) and carrot seeds have all been sown and are growing nicely. Today me and the kids planted pumpkin, butternut squash and even some purple sprouting broccoli! Every upstairs windowsill, and half of my downstairs ones too, in my house is crammed with greenery. The kitchen is alive with mixed salads and even 2 baby avocado trees. Out in the back garden we are nurturing some new fruit trees; sour cherry, conference pair and granny smith apple varieties.

Space is becoming very short, very quickly and what makes things even harder at the moment is that we are planning on moving home sometime within the next few months if all goes to plan. Which means everything has to be planted in tubs and pots- including the trees! Crazy! Growing produce in small spaces requires a bit of planning but it can be done. The great thing about growing food in pots is that you can put your plants anywhere! They can be moved to follow the sun, be sheltered from the weather and many are high enough to reduce the risk of pests destroying them. You’re not just limited to tubs, but you can also grow your own tasty veg in grow-bags, carrier bags, hanging baskets and a personal favourite of mine… old sinks! Anything goes. Pinterest has lots of ideas if your are looking for something a little quirky and homemade.

So, there was our little update on how our free-food mission is going, and once spring is in full swing I shall be able to let you know exactly how everything is growing.

seedlings

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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