Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Off-Topic Post: The Joy of Veg

This post may not be about cycling, but I'd like to think it ties into the same sort of world view...

The empty shelves in the fruit section of our local supermarket (thanks to the current volcanic ash flight restrictions) only serve to reinforce how reliant we as a country are on imported food.

But like many people lucky enough to have access to some outside space, we grow some of our own veg, admittedly with mixed success.

Some of our home-grown veg
We started a few years back and have expanded to produce quite a bit of our summer and autumn needs - salad, herbs (rosemary, sage, basil, mint, etc), spuds, carrots, courgettes, beans, onions, cucumbers, cabbages and cauliflowers.  Although many of them get eaten by slugs and pigeons before we can get to them, of course...

Beginning with a couple of small areas converted from flower beds, we've managed to burst out of our own back garden and have now taken over a 30 foot x 30 foot piece of land behind our house, which has been cultivated for decades, but has recently fallen back into a bit of a wilderness.

Our new allotment - Before
After two weekends of solid work (with some very gratefully received help last Sunday from a couple of friends), and twenty recycling bags of weeds and tangled roots, the ground is now ready for planting.

Allotment - After
Now all I need to do is build a greenhouse for our tomatoes out of some windows a neighbour has spare...