Finding the time to create a veg garden and look after it isn’t easy, we appreciate that.
But you can still eat fresh produce without having a dedicated and time consuming veggie patch in your outdoor space.
Here are eight edibles you could consider planting to help pep up your dishes.
Asparagus can be planted within a border too. Pop a crown into soil that has well-rotted manure added to it to give it a really good start. Crowns need to be left for two years before you have a crop to eat. We also stock plants that can be harvested a year after planting. Keep an eye out for slugs and protect from frosts.
Borage is easy to grow as a summer annual with the added bArtionus of being very bee-friendly. It will self-sow every year and spread. Use as a garnish for cocktails.
Chives are simple to grow and have a pretty pinky flowers above pencil-like foliage, which has a delicate onion taste. They are hardy perennials, so reappear year after year.
Using kitchen scissors snip off some green stems and scatter them on salads or meats. The flowers can also be eaten. Scatter over any dish.
You can use the whole of the plant in cooking. It has an aniseed flavour and is used mostly with fish but it is also great in salads and with meats.
They grow well whatever the soil type and are low maintenance. Not only are they architecturally pleasing, you can also pick their heads and lightly griddle them on a barbecue or fire pit. Following this by drizzling them with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
Thyme is a versatile plant that can be planted in between paving blocks or in planters on a patio.
The lemon-scented variety smells fabulous. It tastes amazing mixed with butter and tucked under the skin of a slow-cooked chicken.
Mesclun salads are a mixture of baby salad leaves from endive, arugula, chervil and leafy lettuces. Caution though – slugs love them, so keep them well off the ground in planters with legs or on windowsills and deploy some slug repelling products.
A hardy small shrub that you can squeeze into a gap in your borders. But beware it doesn’t like wet, cold winters. A few sprigs can be used with any meat or fish for a lovely aroma. You can also pop a sprig in your after work sneaky G&T to help bring out the flavours!
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