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Front Garden Grow Your Own

Introducing our garden equivalent to the messy cupboard. You know the place where you shove all the stuff you are not sure what to do with, this is the same but in our front garden. The problem is we look at this every day from our kitchen window.

Time for action, we moved to this house as its fairly rural, we wanted space to grown some veggies and have chickens. Its now 7 years later and we have not done any of it. 

We sorted the area and Mr MC&W went off to the tip with a boot full of rubbish that we had been hiding including an old washing line.

As you can see the ivy has remained, this was meant to go but we checked for nests and found a blackbirds nest, so we have left it alone allowing them to raise their chicks.

We decided the way forward is for raised troughs, they are higher meaning we can easily see from the kitchen window. In order to maximise the space we have, we found three different sizes of troughs to see what worked best and measured them out using bean poles, you could actually see how they would fit much better than just a tape measure. This was very important in a small space, if not measured properly they may not have fitted and that would have been such a waste of money.

We are not trying to be self-sufficient but what we want to grow is a small selection of veggies we like to eat and the children will be interested in. I will also be growing some flowers to add interest and colour.

I have been looking at catalogues at ones that grow well in pots as in essence, this is what we are doing. It will be a real leaning experience for us all.

We have not really done too much grow your own, though I must confess my mum is amazing and we grew up stealing peas and strawberries from the garden and being sent out to dig potatoes. I have a source of great knowledge to lean upon along with the awesome gardeners on twitter who share their expertise so kindly. I will share our adventures, let's hope its more successful from the seeds for flowers I planted last year.

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  1. How exciting growing our own is one of the things we want to do if we eventually move to a place with a garden. Thank you for linking up with #TacticalTuesdays

  2. This looks great- I love the sound of the raised troughs. We are currently trying GYO out, too. It is a great way for kids to learn about where their food comes from. #thesatsesh

  3. Oooh, I've been thinking about growing some veg etc too, now that we've finally got a garden again. But we've got too many ideas for the space, and no budget 😬 Anyhow, I look forward to seeing how you get in with this project! x #TacticalTuesdays

  4. Fantastic information and got me thinking, thank you for sharing X #stayclassymama

  5. Will be a fun project once the hard work is done setting it up! But you only have to do that part once. then years of joy.#Stayclassymama

  6. We have a small vegetable garden in our yard. We mainly grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, garlic and sometimes carrots or beets. Our beds are raised, but they both need some work. I have a terrible problem with grass coming through!

    Good luck with your planning. :)

  7. Oh how wonderful! It would be exciting to see when they all grow. #blogstravaganza

  8. How exciting! I can't wait to hear about your progress. We are growing peas this year which I haven't tried before. I'm hoping they'll work! Thanks for sharing with #Blogstravaganza :)

  9. I can't wait to see how your transformation turns out! We live in an apartment so we don't have a garden at the moment but when we eventually move I'd love to start growing some vegetables - thanks for joining #dreamteam, hopefully we'll see you again this week.


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