Growing your own is fantastic. No matter if you are growing some tasty veggies, sweet fruit or even raising your own chickens to keep you fully stocked up on eggs, growing your own is something more and more people are doing and today we are looking at some of the best blogs. These blogs are a lot of fun and will help by giving you tips and inspiring you in many cool and interesting ways.
Natassia and Robert Doets are a couple who are also keen gardeners. What we really like about their blog is the way they have created it as a source of inspiration. They want people to see that it does not matter what your skill level is, you can learn and you can make your own delicious food. They moved to Devon all the way from Amsterdam a few years ago and wasted no time setting up a sustainable garden for themselves. They give you some great ideas of things to grow and how they do it. They also share their own recipes for dishes that they have created with their home grown vegetables.
The transformation that their back garden underwent to make this amazing food producing wonderland is truly incredible. No matter if you want some good tips and ideas or if you just need that little bit of inspiration to help you get off the couch and turn your Jurassic Park looking garden into something special, you will find it here.
Life On Pig Row
We love the name of this blog, sounds like some kind of Disney movie about a gang of pigs trying to break out of jail! On a serious note, Life On Pig Row is a blog from The Oldham Family. There is just so much to this blog that you will find it very fascinating and inspirational. The Oldham Family like to live as self sufficient a life as possible and a big part of this is their very own garden. We had quite a few chuckles from reading their blog posts, especially the ones involving their kid. Speaking of which they have some great ideas for how you can have fun in the garden with your kids.
As well as growing their own, The Oldham Family are also pretty big into foraging and they have a section of their blog dedicated to telling you about it and how you should follow the four rules of foraging.
Mark’s Veg Plot
Mark’s Veg Plot is not just a great blog about growing your own food from things like radishes and wild garlic pesto, it is also a very nice story. Mark who has been gardening for over 30 years first got into blogging back in 2010 when one of his daughters (Emma) who writes Mellow Mummy helped him to get his blog set up. Now that Mark is retired, he has a lot of time to spend pottering around his garden and making some delicious homemade veggies.
What we really love about Mark’s Veg Plot is the way he is basically a go to guy when it comes to any questions that you may have about gardening and growing your own. The actual blog has a ton of good information on it that will really help you out, but you can always shoot him a message if you need a little advice.
Dig My Veg
With its kind of hippie sounding name, Dig My Veg is a grow your own gardening blog from blogger Julie Brown. Julie has not always been a gardener and we found her story very interesting and quite amusing as well. She basically wanted to go outside and play and within a few months she had her very own garden that was ready for growing her own food! It goes to show that you can make it happen pretty quickly and without it taking over your whole life.
What we really thought was fun about Dig My Veg was the way that Julie would not just tell you her recipe for her home grown soup, she would give you a charming and fun story that makes you want to try and make it yourself even more. If you want a bit of personality with your grow your own blog, then you will struggle to beat this.
Out Of My Shed
Naomi Schillinger is an urban garden who lives in North London. As she lives in the big city she does not have the largest amount of space to make use of, but with her little bit of land and her greenhouse she is able to make and grow all kinds of epic vegetables and food for her and her family to cook with. Naomi loves her garden and reading about all the cool things that she has going on, as well as the advice she offers fellow smallholders, is a lot of fun.
Naomi is a very busy lady as she co hosts a grow your own podcast for the Guardian as well as serving as a writer for a few different publications. In addition to this she is very involved with her community garden projects. One thing you have to check out on her blog is topiary, which really is an art form!
The Garden Smallholder
With her small holding where she loves nothing more than pottering around, Karen and her family are very content and happy that they have given up the city life for something more rural. The Garden Smallholder is a charming blog where Karen keeps you up to date on all the things that are going on in her garden – from food that she is growing, what she does with it and any problems that she runs into.
One of the specialties on this blog is chickens. Karen has a number of chickens and she loves nothing more than collecting fresh eggs. As well as this Karen looks after ex battery hen chickens and she has some great advice for those of you who are thinking of adding chickens to your smallholding.
Allotment 2 Kitchen
The name of the blog might sound like some kind of action movie that would star The Rock, but actually Allotment 2 Kitchen is grow your own blog from blogger and gardener, Shaheen who is from Wales. We had a lot of fun with this blog. You see Shaheen does not just grow her own vegetables (she is actually a vegetarian) she cooks with them as well and she shares her recipes and tells you how things turned out. We loved the sound of her Vegan Welsh Cottage Pie and Dragon Potatoes!
While there is a lot to take in here, one of the things that we really liked was Shaheen’s realistic approach to gardening. She tells it like it is and while you can tell that she has a lot of fun in her garden, she also tells you the things that are not so great about gardening. Things you should definitely know about before you jump in!
This Week In The Garden
Kay Hebbourn is the lady behind the This Week In The Garden Blog and it really is one of the best. We love the ethos of this blog as Kay is all about taking care of the planet, living a sustainable way of life and finding ways to prevent climate change. These are all things that she is clearly concerned about and talks about on her blog. It is very interesting to read and certainly gives you food for thought.
Speaking of food, Kay has all kinds of awesome ideas for things that you can grow and then for dishes you can make with them. For those who like the idea of growing your own, but do not know where to start, this blog is perfect for you. This Week In The Garden is one of the most helpful blogs out there when it comes to teaching you on how to have your own epic garden. If you do you not have a ton of space, you will find some great bits of advice and inspiration here.
Anni’s Perennial Veggies
Perennial veggies are what Anni Kelsey is all about and how she tracked them down and makes sure that they provide her with yearlong tasty veggies. From parsnips to pretty much anything else you can think of, if you are looking for veggies that are a little bit different, then Anni’s blog is the place to go. Anni learned how to tame her perennial veggies and she will share with you the way she did it, which we think is very cool. If only we had the gardening skill to make veggies like Anni!
While Anni’s Perennial Veggies is a blog that is chock full of great information, we must say that it was her humour that kept us reading. She tells great stories and you will see that while she has a ton of skill, she is human just like the rest of us.
The Unconventional Gardener
Emma Cooper is an ethno botanist and The Unconventional Gardener is one of the most fun grow your own blogs on this list. Emma is a lady who got bitten by the grow your own and gardening blog in a big way. She went from novice to green thumbed expert in no time at all and her blog is a lot of fun as she tells you all the enjoyable and interesting things that she is doing in her garden. She also offers advice for you city dwellers who do not have space on your property to grow your own, but may be interested in getting your own allotment.
One thing that The Unconventional Gardener deserves a ton of credit for is the section about gardening basics. Here, a newbie gardener can read up on things like what kind of clothing is suitable to how to set up your first vegetable garden
Nope, this is not a team of villains to fight The Avengers! Incredible Vegetables is Julien Skinner and Mandy Barber’s baby and they really have created something special here. What we found really interesting about this blog is the way that while they do grown the normal kind of things you would expect they specialise in some pretty funky and interesting vegetables like creepy looking, but very delicious Chinese artichokes and Ulluco tubers. These are kind of weird, we know, but this is what makes this such an interesting blog. The ladies tell you how you go about growing stuff like this and also how to make sure it survives.
Incredible Vegetables know that some of their suggestions may seem a little out there, but they do have a shop that sells seeds, plants and other stuff that will help you turn your own garden into a weird and wonderful paradise!