A Working Garden
Get the satisfaction of growing and eating your home grown vegetables
The very first thing I must point out is that I'm no expert vegetable gardener. I can't afford all the special fertilizers, the fancy bean poles and other such items, my vegetable growing is very much, 'dig it, sow it and (hopefully) eat it' or make it into something!
The idea of growing my own vegetables was a combination of things; my want to lead a more self-reliant life, to eat better food knowing where it came from, to earn a little extra cash or barter from Chutneys etc. made from the produce and to basically lead a more basic lifestyle based somewhat on how my Grandparents had lived on 'The Home Front' during WW2 and the years afterwards.
We are lucky in so far we have a large garden and am able to have the diversity of lawn, greenery, vegetables and keep chickens as well. For this reason, I like to call it 'A Garden Farm'
The vegetable section is not huge, the actual growing area is only about 500sq.ft in total. There are two Greenhouses (both 'give aways'); one is 10' x 6' and the other 8' x 6'.
We also grow some vegetables in pots and I must admit, that with retirement of sorts not far off, see this as an experimentation for times when a Patio is a far better option for ageing bones and muscles. It is this section which I want to expand upon as time goes by.
Why grow your own?
Not always great in January, but rewarding in Summer
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