If you’re a fan of making your own clothes, chances are you might also be into growing some of your own food. And like this week’s guest, garden consultant Pippa Chapman, highlights, once you start trying to be more sustainable in one area of your life, that approach usually spreads to other areas. In this episode Pippa actually takes the reins and gives me a consultation about my own little garden. She offers up advice on how I can use my space more productively and successfully.
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The Cloud Gardener specialises in garden designs for balcony places.
My post about saving seeds from shop bought baby plum tomatoes.
Pippa’s design for a milk bottle slug/snail trap:
Stephanie Hafferty is a proponent of the No Dig approach to gardening.
Pippa’s design for a double palette planter:
Huw Richards is a permaculture inspired gardener with a popular Youtube channel.
My takeaways from the garden consultation:
- Train courgettes to grow upwards
- Grow pumpkins and BNS up washing lines to form a canopy
- Look for squash variety Crown Prince
- Try slug and snail trap (see pic above)
- Try growing some perennial vegetables including perennial kale varieties Taunton Deane, Daubenton Kale and Panache Kale
- Look out for Babington Leek
- For the shady area, consider Caucasian Spinach – which can be encouraged to grow upwards, plus salad leaves and swiss chard
- Plant spring bulbs to provide food for pollinators early in the year
- Edible flower options can provide food for humans and pollinators. Look for Daylilies (Latin Hemerocallis) – you can eat every part of the plant, Campanulas – siberian bellflower and Allium Molly – edible flowers for adding to salads
- Add mulch to the soil in Nov/Dec
- Incorporate water into the garden, a container with shallow edges, so bees and other pollinators can drink
- Decomposing wood provides a habitat for some insects
- Consider comfrey as living mulch and to make fertiliser from it