What fruit and veg will you be growing in 2020?
January is a great time to start thinking about what to grow in the year ahead, so the necessary planning can take place
Even though it's mid-winter in the UK, there are a number of jobs that can be done in preparation for the gardening season. It's time to start thinking about what to grow, what you might need to build, or what you need to prepare such as raised beds for veggies.
However, there are still things that can be grown now. Bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes (berries) can be planted outside, providing the soil isn't frozen. Broad beans can be sown outside in an unheated greenhouse, while lettuces, spinach, salad onions, and summer cabbages can be sown inside for an early crop (to later be transplanted outside to mature).
After growing fruit and vegetables for many years, I have decided to try something new and experiment in creating a medicinal garden. Not only will this help me to learn a thing or two, but the plan is to make creams, balms, essential oils and tea infusions to support health and function.
I will start with aloe vera, marigold, chamomile, lemongrass, marshmallow, hollyhock, turmeric, ginger, garlic and a eucalyptus shrub, as they are easier to grown and maintain, but just as important for their healing properties. It should be fun!
I will keep you updated with progress pictures and videos.