I grew up in a house with a very large backyard however, my mother was not really into growing vegetables so the whole yard was mostly made up of ornamental plants. Sometimes I would ask to ‘garden’ and my mother would suggest weeding – this didn’t really seem appealing so I would always find something else to do. When I grew up and had my own (small) backyard, there was a drought and water restrictions imposed on every household (you could only water a couple of times a week) I decided that if I was going to grow plants that needed water they would have to be ones which produced something in return. My small yard became pots and plots of vegetables with various water-saving methods. There is something very rewarding about watering and tending to a plant and in return you are able to harvest and bring into the kitchen the embodiment of that effort.
Since then I have moved house many times and have always tried to have some backyard if possible. In London, my love of vegetables has continued and although I definitely don’t need any drought fighting techniques I still am making the most of the yard that I have and filling it with productive plants
I have a ‘large’ backyard for central London (Zone 1) that faces East so I get sunshine from early morning until mid-afternoon at the height of summer and in the middle of winter we get no sun as there is a large apartment building blocking light when sun is low in the sky.
This blog will contain my experiences and experiments growing fruit and vegetables (and maybe a sneaky ornamental from time to time) in London.
I love to hear from others about their gardening experiences; tips and tricks; or learning from failures.
Drop me a line (I think I am showing my age)