I was also lucky to grow up with parents who grew (and still do grow) their own fruit and vegetables in the garden every year. The taste of home grown tomatoes, carrots, sweetcorn, strawberries, etc is something everybody should know. Mass-produced, unnaturally grown, processed foods do not come close to the stuff you can pick from your garden or allotment or windowsill or balcony, neither do they instill the sense of achievement you get when you 'grow it yourself'.
It is heartening to see the resurgence in growing your own veg, but many people also do not have the time, or the space. And what about the winter, when not much at all appears to be growing, and all the carrots have been picked?
Well, having trained as a garden designer, yet being very interested in edible and useful plants, I decided that it was time the two were combined. I started researching into the idea, and was delighted to find out about Forest Gardens; a permaculture based system, using the natural layers of a forest to turn land into incredibly productive space. Moving on from this, I had to consider that not everyone wants a forest, or has space for trees. Some people want their gardens to be well designed, with beautiful plants, and space they can use.
This gave birth to my idea to create Forage, or Edible Gardens. These are designed spaces, which make use of edible perennial plants and shrubs, ensuring that the look is right, and that there is always something fresh and nutritious to nibble on or add to a meal.
Where is it possible to buy plants that you know will be edible? Well, there are very few places which supply edible plants, and this is what has lead me here - The Edible Plant Nursery.