Some quick & easy ways to grow Herbs & Veggies at home.

One of our Hort Cuisine Kits
One of our Hort Cuisine Kits

Returning to growing your own Herbs & Veggies is taking on a new importance these days with the changes to our weather patterns, the realisation that many pesticides, insecticides and mass growing techniques are not necessarily the most efficient, cost effective or even healthy way for us to provide for our food needs.

Ann & I thought we would explore the various ways we knew how you can grow at home – we may have missed an idea or two, for which we apologise in advance ( please do send us your ideas and we will add them to our blog post).

Square Foot Gardening

Most people start by growing basic Herbs , then move on to the Tomatoes, Potatoes, Garlic, Lettuce, Spinach, Corn, Onions, Carrots, Beets, Garlic, Leeks, Chicory, Asparagus, Beans, Cucumbers, Zucchini ( Courgette), Squash, Sweet Potatoes, etc, etc.

Generally the ideal prerequisites for growing are, although these can be ‘created’ artificially these days.

A sunny site

Space to grow

Time to tend to plants.

1. Adding  plants to an existing landscaped garden.

The easiest and simplest method is to introduce plants into your existing shrub planting beds. You would be amazed at what herbs and veggies can grow symbiotically with your favorite flowers and shrubs, some are even edible ( Take a look at a book we recently reviewed called Eat your Roses – by Denise Schrieber ) . .

Eat your roses

When we interviewed the creators of this beautiful garden last year and found lots and lots of herbs, vegetables and fruits growing next to the flowers and shrubs.

Delectable edible landscape

2.Grow herbs & some veggies in pots.

You can use virtually any pot for this or you can purchase additional features to make the arrangement much more interesting.

Here a simple pot of herbs near to the kitchen door.

Painting trellis white adds interest
A simple herb pot

By adding a special rod system inside the pots, you can make the arrangement much more interesting and space efficient.

Stack-able herb pot

3. Square Foot Gardens – invented by Mel Bartholomew some years ago this is a fantastic solution for those with either a small space or for those who want an effective herb & growing method in a confined space.

Square Foot Gardening

If you want to you can add all manner of amazing refinements as seen here in this Chelsea Flower Show exhibit.

An example from a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit
An example from a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit

4. A traditional ‘allotment or community garden.


5. From a bygone era when labour wasn’t an issue and doing things on a grand scale no matter what it was, was considered the way..

Simply stunning !
Simply stunning !

We will spend a little time with each style, in the coming days, in the meantime you can listen to our podcast at  as we talk to a variety of guests from a passionate young mother, to a group of school teachers and to Mel Bartholomew,

Hort Cuisine anyone ?
Hort Cuisine anyone ?

Do drop us a line with your thoughts and ideas..

Author: Growing Trends

Hello, Welcome to Growing Trends. Ann and Chris are both horticultural experts. Ann is a native of Nebraska and a specialist in annuals, flowers and perennials, particularly from the Mid West I'm Chris an English landscape design and build specialist with over 40 years experience of designing,building,managing a wide variety of landscape projects, the team was rewarded with many award winning projects - from Residential, Schools, Parks,Chelsea Flower Show exhibits, to Green Roof Gardens for City Officescapes & Interiorscapes. It has all been hugely enjoyable and fun - even when fighting the weather or deadlines. Today we are developing a new ideas for the home owner ... recently we were awarded our second patent. Ann my Co Host and I, have launched a new one hour twice a day internet radio show called "Growing Trends" , it's available as a podcast on iTunes and at . It's all about the people in our industry, for home owner's &,experts alike, with interviews from around the world from those experts , home owners that are passionate about their gardens , talking about latest trends, in styles, passions ,materials, products, plants, vegetables, wines, anything connected with enjoying outside spaces. In the last two or three years we have been developing some new tools for the home owner - and our app Picagardi ( free in iTunes and Google Play) have been specifically designed for the DIY young home owner who would like to develop a landscape or garden, without having any prior knowledge of plant arrangements etc. Our newly patented Weekend Garden Kits, enable almost anyone to place, plant and look after 'Designed' planting areas. Take a look at Our patented soil injector enables a wide variety of users to inject corn based super absorbent's to the root zone of established plants, enabling fertilizers, insecticides, etc., to be used in minimum dosages, with out leaching or run off and yet remain effective. With the added advantage of reducing watering by around 50%.

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