Friday, 7 June 2013

Market Garden

I was volunteering up at the market garden today.  Most of the work was done inside the poly tunnel sowing courgettes and squash and planting up tomato plants into the soil.  They are using the method of growing the tomatoes up twine that is suspended from above and buried beneath the tomato plant.   There are so many plants in the poly tunnel waiting to be planted outside, but in the meantime the plants that were sown straight into the earth outside are beginning to grow stronger. 

Our vegetable box scheme this year will include courgettes, tomatoes, broad beans, peas, potatoes, kale, cauliflower, carrots, beetroot, squash and sweetcorn to name but a few.  We are growing many varieties of each, and some heritage ones to.  I can't wait to see what the plants look like when they fruit as there aren't any pictures on the packets for guidance!

The black container above is filled with comfrey leaves.  These are to be used as plant food and were discovered on site.  Plant food for free!

As well as vegetables, we are growing lots of flowers to use as companion plants. These include different types of sunflowers, tagetes and marigolds.  All useful for the bees and insects and pretty to look at too. 

8 comments:

Toffeeapple said...

What an exciting prospect Simone, waiting for the Heitage plants to put forth fruit.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

That all sounds marvellous Simone, such a lovely healthy lifestyle, it can only be good for you!!!
V xxx

Rosie said...

Exciting times, Simone! What a wonderful project to be involved with. We plant french marigolds and nasturtium near the tomatoes and courgettes. The vegetable boxes you produce at the market garden will be full of colour and goodness:)

Amanda Graham said...

Sounds like a great project-hard work but worth it :)

greenthumb said...

Can't wait to see the end resolute. Sound like lots going into the garden.

Lyn said...

At least we can now get out there and do something, what fun to see them grow and does over what the heritage plants will look like! Xxx

Rose Fern said...

I really admire you for volunteering. It must be a rewarding experience!

Judy Hartman said...

It looks like it will be a wonderfully abundant garden, Simone!xxx