How About a Vegetable Patch?
What could be nicer than to go down the garden and cut a lettuce for your tea? Then nip into the greenhouse pick a few tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Sounds like fresh salad for tea.
I think milking the goat and making cheese is a bit extreme, particularly as she will have already eaten all the lettuces. But you could try collecting a few eggs from the chicken run and turning it into an egg salad with a few slices of home baked bread.
A veggie patch can be very rewarding all you need to do is clear a small patch of ground and plant some seeds. I would try lettuce, spring onions, radish and carrots, then you can grow your own salad. The only trouble with growing peas is getting them back to the kitchen without eating them on the way.
The trick with salad veg is to sow a few seeds each week, there is no point having ten lettuce at once. That way you have a steady supply throughout the summer.
If you are worried about it looking untidy you could edge the patch with a low box hedge just like a stately home. Maybe add some herbs although many of these can be secreted round the flower borders, particularly near the paths so you get the scents as you brush past.
If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse get some tomato plants going. The taste of fresh tomatoes never ceases to amaze me.
I donít expect home grown veg saves much money but the act of producing your own food is so good for the soul. If that isnít good enough you can always annoy your colleagues at work ď Yes Iím having fresh egg salad sandwiches for lunch. Did I tell you its all home grown?Ē
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