This year we have joined the ‘grow your own’ brigade like countless of others around the country to get more out of the land and to grow more of our own vegetables. When you grow your own its not just a matter of a fad or trend, it’s purposeful, relaxing and rewarding, a way of reconnecting with nature which we have grown so far away from in our industrialised society; and it’s all about ‘taste’.
If you have ever grown your own or tasted a home grown vegetable you will know what I mean when I say, ‘It tastes good!’ The flavour is so much better as opposed to those supermarket vegetables. Home grown vegetables may not look ‘so perfect’ like they do in the retailers but that is the charm of home grown. Do we really care if vegetables are wonky or nobbly, I don’t think so! That sort of perfectionism, idealism is best left to technology, it doesn’t belong in nature.
The side-effect of all this gardening is that you get some good fresh air in your lungs as well as some much needed exercise. Of course we mustn’t forget that we are also teaching the younger generation by our example where their food comes from, what it takes to produce it and the proof is in the good food presented to them at meal-times.
This website/blog will be more like a diary of what we have achieved on our allotment, the pitfalls, failures and success stories. Hopefully more happy stories to tell rather than tales of disappointing results. We will have to wait and see.
We would have loved to have gone to the Edible Garden Show in Warwickshire to find some good information and tips on growing vegetables on a plot but it really is just a little too far to go from here. There have been some good vegetable growing tips to be heard on the associated radio show and one can listen to the garden show podcasts as well.
We have for many years grown a variety of vegetables in our small garden however this year we made that BIG decision - to rent an allotment! The deed is now done! So the story unfolds…