The garden has an interesting history which I've written about under the page tab next to this one. We had a tiny start up grant from the Mayor of London’s Capital Growth fund and got to work reclaiming what used to be the children’s gardening area and planting a mini-orchard – 8 fruit trees so far. Each year I like to experiment with new varieties and in 2011 I grew Achocha (a south American spiny sweet pepper), perennial cauliflowers and purple french beans; this year I've got chillies, bell peppers, purple cosmic carrots, purple podded peas and dwarf red kidney beans. Edible flowers growing among the veg brighten up the garden and a variety of herbs are available for all to pick. Parsley, rosemary and thyme are the most popular with the more unusual herbs (monarda, sweet cicely, celery leaf, lime mint, dill and fennel) left to me.
I started to write about the 'York Rise Growers’ in order to share our food growing progress. This blog has now evolved to be a space to share my photographs, my gardening thoughts, an occasional book review, and a few recipes as I try different or new ways to cook the produce - or just a jolly nice cake.
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