Post No. 1

Today i have joined wordpress.  I want to record my quest into gardening and not being someone likely to keep a diary on hand this seemed to be the best way to go about it.  It might only ever be me who reads this, and that doesn’t matter – I want to record my adventures into growing new plants and hopefully there will be some successes to celebrate along the way.

It is already the end of February and because of having a long spell off work this year I have had the chance to spend a lot of time and really think about what it is I want to do with my garden and allotment.  This is my 3rd year of having a plot and while there has been some very small success we haven’t really scratched the surface of what could be done with the space.

My biggest beef has been that we have tried to grow the same veg and fruit as everyone else on the allotment – that’s fine but with most of this fruit and veg being cheaply available in supermarkets and through organic veg deliveries it just hasn’t felt right.  A plot is no small commitment, and with limited time and sometimes energy I wanted to find a different way. This started wih James Wongs book ‘Food for Flavour’ and has moved towards not just growing for flavour but also to (hopefully) grow with less effort.  At the beginning I started following up on the suppliers that James mentions in his book and on his website and discovered that there was a whole other world out there of fruit and vegetable planting that I had never thought or heard of.  My reading around the subject of what to grow led me to read about perennial vegetables and how we can potentially make cultivation more sustaining than having to annually sow and germinate our seeds.  In the mix is the concept of no dig gardening, I have not quite got to the bottom of this one yet but am investigating, however this enquiry did make me start to think about composting and gardening more organically.

There is so much to think about I almost don’t know where to start and Spring just can’t come quick enough this year.

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