Category Archives: Edible garden

They grow in the shade

There are always some odd spots in our gardens where there is always shade. Here is a list of what vegetables you can grow in the shade.


Sowing seeds in loo rolls

Sowing your own seeds provide you with a larger variety of cultivars then you might find when buying plants from nurseries. I kept some tomato seeds form varieties i liked last year and i’m sowing them now indoor for an early start.

To avoid much disturbance on the young plants roots i’m using loo rolls to sow them inrasadnite

I filled them with compost and placed few seeds in each roll. I will keep the strongest one in every roll.


Then i covered them with little compost, watered well and placed them in a mini greenhouse to keep the moisture in and avoid temperature fluctuation.


After a few days the little plants are starting to sprout


I hope they will do fine in their recicled home 🙂

Growing herbs in pots

I grow all my herbs in pots, perennials and annuals. This way they are close to my kitchen and when the summer is over i can bring them indoor without having to transplant them. They grow well as long as you offer them a quality compost and some water when they need it.

When they become overcrowded i just separate them and make even more herbs. The annual herbs are also suitable for pots and you can sow them any time of the year.

This is how some of my herbs are looking at the end of the winter:

Lemon balm
lemon balm



Sowing calendar

Searching the web for some information about sowing herbs and vegetables i fond a very useful calendar of sowing and harvesting.


You will find here most of the hers and vegetables that you can grow in your garden. Very useful!


Growing Garden cress in water

One of the most easy to grow and a fast-growing herb is garden cress. I like the peppery flavor and I add it to cheese, eggs and different toppings. Is so easy to grow all year around and you don’t even need soil to grow it. Just a container large enough in which you put a layer of cotton on the bottom and water it. Place the cress seeds on top an keep them moist. You can cover the container to conserve moisture but you will have to open the cover from time to time to aerate the plants.

Place the container in a warm place and in full light. After 24 hours you can see the seeds have swollen, taking up the moisture from the cotton.

cress seeds

After another 24 hours they will start to sprout.


After a week they are ready to be consumed as small greens. You can let them longer if you want or you can sow them in succession so you will have a constant supply. At this stage they can be consumed whole. If you let them grow bigger you can just cut some of them and let the other grow on. Growing them in just water there is no need to wash them.


You can also grow cress in pots or in your garden.

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