Grow your own - Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden can mean different things to different people. To some it is an allotment growing enough food to see the family in fruit and vegetables throughout the year. To others it means just having one or two tomato plants and a couple of herbs in pots or gro-bags on the patio. Whatever type of Kitchen Gardener you are, or want to be, Laurel Farm Garden Centre can help you.

More and more people are discovering the benefits and satisfaction of growing their own fruit and vegetables. Laurel Farm Garden Centre is here to help with a wide range of plants and seeds for the budding kitchen gardener. Whether you are a beginner, or experienced in growing food for the table, we are here to help you get the best from your plot, be it an allotment or just a few pots and containers on the patio.

At Laurel Farm we start the year off with the seed potato collection, which arrives in mid January along with the Onion sets and Shallots.

Spring sees the arrival of the young plants, starting with salads and some peas and beans for good measure. We also kick the spring off with a selection of strawberry plants to give a succession of fruit and fine flavours throughout the summer and autumn.

For the late spring and summer we offer many varieties of the more tender vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and chillies. In midsummer we offer a range of brassica plants to keep the kitchen supplied during the winter months.

A selection of tried and tested vegetable seeds are available throughout the year.

You simply can’t beat freshly harvested produce. Try eating peas or sweetcorn within just an hour or two of picking for a whole new taste experience. As soon as you harvest your produce it can start to loose its goodness and flavour, so the sooner you eat it, the more you’ll benefit from all those vitamins and minerals, and of course the taste is far superior to that bought at the supermarket.

Reasons to Grow Your Own

All that fresh air and exercise will give your body a great workout. Think of all that money you could be saving from your weekly shopping bill.

 With zero food miles and being safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to use any chemicals or synthetic fertilisers, you can eat your food knowing exactly where it came from. Nothing ever tastes as good as something you’ve grown yourself.

Not all fruit and vegetables need to be hidden at the bottom of the garden. Some of them make very attractive plants and can take pride of place in your flower borders or on the patio.

Nearly everyone always ends up with surplus produce, and swapping your excess crops with another gardener, or maybe just giving it away to family and friends, feels very rewarding.