A lot of us don’t have space and a lot of us don’t have time and some of us don’t have space or time and this is where growing little things comes in handy. Here’s ten of my current favourites.
Don’t buy those plastic wrapped packets you get at the supermarket and often only use half of. Grow your own herbs (or find a nearby house that’s growing them for you – there really only needs to be one rosemary bush per block). If your kitchen is too shady for window sill herbs, grow double pots. Keep one in the kitchen, the other somewhere sunny and swap them around when the one in the kitchen starts to look peaky.
- Lebanese eggplant
So much easier and better tasting than the larger fruit, and generally prolific. The rule here is that the longer you have to wait for a fruit or vegetable to develop the more chance there is of something going wrong (think here pest attack).
- Cherry tom
Usually resistant to fruit fly and they come in all sorts of colours and shapes now.
- Dwarf fruit
Happy in a pot, I find citrus the most productive and useful.
When your space is too small for chickens these are a great alternative. We love our quails for their prowess at catching pests, their protein packed eggs and their general good looks.
- Leaf lettuce
Hearting lettuce is susceptible to attack from slugs and snails before you get to the good part of eating it. Leaf lettuces are so much quicker, you can be picking leaves in a matter of weeks and can continue to pick as the weeks go on.
- Midyim berry
These native plants are delicate, shade lovers. Their speckled berries have a unique flavour, very fragrant. A small plant can produce a lot of berries if it’s in the right place.
- Garlic shoots
Why wait for garlic bulbs when you can eat the leafy green shoots – fantastic flavour and a continual crop.
Same story as the eggplant. Trying to grow vegetables as big as the ones you buy in the supermarket can lead to disappointment. Brocollini is fast, tasty and a little bit fancy.
I love cabbage but growing it has the same issues as growing hearting lettuce. Kale is a fantastic alternative, very attractive in the garden and one of those foods everyone says we should be eating more of. You can grow it like you grow leaf lettuces, picking off leaves as you need them while continuing to let it grow.
So, small space? No time? No longer a good enough excuse!
What little things do you like to grow?