Even though we grow lots and lots of food on the allotment we still like to grow some in the back garden too. In particular salad crops and herbs that are perishable so are best grown close to the kitchen so that they can be eaten fresh. In fact, one of the first things that I ever grew that started to get me hooked on growing was a trough of salad leaves in my backyard. You only need to grow them once to understand how easy they are and how much money you can save by growing your own.
This weekend Jo decided that he'd have a go of making some new planters for the garden to add to the old ones we've got that struggled to fit in all the salad we wanted to grow last year. This is the design that he came up with this time which I really like because of the multi-levels that he's created. I thinking of have lettuce leaves in the bottom layer and cascading beans and tomatoes coming down from the top layer - a really handsome combination I'm sure you'll agree? We just need to stain them now to protect the wood and add a plastic liner to plant into (we normally use old compost sacks and staple them inside). Then the only thing left to do is to plant them up and wait eagerly until they are providing gorgeous fresh salad all through the summer. I promise I'll share a picture when they're planted up to let you know how they get on.
By the way, if you look carefully you can see one of the first planters that Jo made for me propped up in the back of this picture. This one is nearly seven years old now showing how long they can last if you give them a little tlc and maintenance every winter.