It's easy. (Mostly)

posted on: Thursday, 18 September 2014

The first shoots of rocket leaves this spring. Maybe don't follow my 'throw the seeds everywhere' method.

Russian Red Kale going great guns in my garden

With Rodney from The Agrarian Kitchen's advice that everything is pretty much easy, or at least far easier than we imagine, I've decided to grow some more of my own food and flowers from seed this spring. I've got sunflowers, poppies (sent over from Brussels by The Daily Morag) and lavender. I've planted lettuce, kale and coriander. I've added summer staples of tomatoes, brussell sprouts and carrots.

And yes, I've gotta say, it's easy. All seeds need to grow is soil, some water and sun. Keep watering them a little each day, and watch them grow. Once the seedling has grown a little, pot it somewhere bigger where it has more soil so its roots can grow down further and get bigger. Simples! The hardest part is probably buying the seeds, which I conveniently do online at: Eden Seeds or Green Patch or The Diggers Club.
 I took my inspiration for getting started from the fact that some of the most incredible farms in the world were started by people who once had zero gardening experience:

Brooklyn Grange which boasts the hugest rooftop farm in New York was the brainchild of Anastasia Cole Plakias who admits she had no clue how anything grew a few years ago!

Matt and Lentil from Grown and Gathered  who now deliver boxes of fresh veggies to over 50 customers and some of Melbourne's coolest restaurants were previously a graphic designer and a speech pathologist.

Kirsten and Nick from Milkwood Permaculture who have a massive following for their permaculture classes were once installation artists

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