Growing Fruit and Veg When You’re Not A Confident Gardener

Growing Fruit and Veg When You’re Not A Confident Gardener

Let’s get this out there in the first sentence of this post; I SUCK at gardening.

Let me give you an example.

About 3 years ago, I ordered some plants for the garden. They arrived not as I imagined (already blooming and gorgeous) but like twigs that my dog would pick up on a woodland walk. So utterly confused, I left them outside and forgot about them. Weeks later, after some impressive frost I discovered them again and only one plant looked reasonably alive. So I binned the others and planted the survivor.

I was convinced it was an Iris.

It remained ‘twig like’ for 2 years with a couple of leaves the second year before getting snapped by some strong wind…as I said, I suck at gardening!

This year it bloomed like never before and EVEN HAD A TINY BUD ON IT. Cue all the excitement.

So around a month ago my mum came over and I was showing her my impressive skills at perseverance and LOOK MUM IVE GROWN AN IRIS! when she just looked at me the way she does when I know I’m being a total idiot, and said “Zoe, that’s a peony”.

She also informed me I’d planted winter pansies in my summer hanging baskets so y’know…it was going well at this point.

Nevertheless my one peony was beautiful.

Due to my peony success, I decided to branch out with my growing skills and plant some strawberries. I made the mistake a few years ago of planting some on the patio and let’s just say my dogs enjoyed a few nice strawbs that year.

I headed out to Perrywood Garden Centre and picked up a strawberry plant (and a hanging basket to plant it in so no pesky dogs can get hold of them!)

After a couple of weeks I started to see strawberries appear and honestly since then, I think I’ve had 3 or 4 gorgeous strawbs off of it each day to go with my morning yoghurt.

So when the lovely people at Perrywood asked if I would like to grow a tomato plant I thought- I have TOTALLY nailed this growing malarkey so WHY NOT!

I picked up the Sweet Aperitif variety of cherry tomato which matures in 70 days.

I used a specific soil for tomatoes to plant them in which contains tomato food to give the plant all the nutrients it needs to grow well.

Me being me, forgot to take a photo before ripping the bag open so soz about that- here, have a photo of half a bag of soil and Harry instead!

My grandad used to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse so naturally I thought that’s where they had to be grown, and although that is preferable, according to Perrywood, you can grow them outside in a sunny spot with plenty of shelter and well drained soil.

So that’s where we are at. Already in the photos below, you can see how well the tomato plant is doing, and I will be updating the blog with its progress and hopefully tomatoes (!!) in the coming weeks.

This is the tomato plant when I first planted it

This is how it looks now- already growing and doing its thing!

And if like me, you struggle with growing things from seeds, Perrywood Garden Centre has you covered with their amazing range of ready grown tomato plants, soil and pots to make it super easy to grow the most amazing fruit and veg.

This post is in collaboration with Perrywood Garden Centre. Items in this post were gifted.


  1. Tracey Thomson
    June 22, 2018 / 10:03 am

    Looks like you are getting green fingers.
    Comes from your Nan. She could grow anything

  2. August 21, 2018 / 8:09 am

    Made me smile- I’ve started a little veg and fruit patch and also learning as I go

    • Life In Lustre
      August 21, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      It’s so tricky with gardening isn’t it! It’s all about trial and error I’ve found so far!!

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