It’s fantastic getting feedback from our One Pot Pledgers. Here photographer, Linda Scannell, shares tales of her first forays into food growing and some of her lovely photos:
Name: Linda Scannell
Is this the first time you’ve tried to grow anything edible? No- I’ve had a go at strawberries and rocket before but not very successfully.
Why did you decide to ‘give it a grow’? I thought it would be interesting for my children, who are aged 8 and 5. Plus i was fed up of buying bags of salad from the supermarket and wasting lots of it- I thought it would be easier to cut what I wanted.
What are you growing? Runner beans, peas, mangetout, potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, mixed salad leaves, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, red cabbage, spring onions, mint, thyme, rosemary, chives and parsley.
Have you had any teething problems? The fist sowing of carrots didn’t go that well (4 small ones) – not sure why, but the next lot have all grown so looking forward to eating those. The broccoli didn’t come through at all – I ended up nurturing something that turned out to be a nettle where the broccoli should’ve grown! And the peas haven’t thrived – we’ve just had enough for one spoonful each – so I need to think about planting them somewhere else next year. The slugs have pretty much left the veg alone – they were too busy eating all our sunflowers!!
Have you eaten any of the produce you’ve grown? We’ve eaten loads of mangetout and runner beans, salad leaves, one meals worth of new potatoes and a few tomatoes and peppers so far. And the mint has come in handy for Pimms and making fresh mint tea.
Has the One Pot Pledge inspired you to have a go at growing anything again? Yes – I’ll definitely be growing some more. It’s been a lot less time consuming than I thought it would be, it’s been very satisfying watching everything grow, and we all think fresh veg is much tastier than supermarket bought, so now I’m looking for an allotment so we can grow more of it.
What would you like to try next? I definitely want to give broccoli another try, and the kids want to try purple carrots.