Essentially frugal Vegetable Gardening
Learning from times when growing your own was necessary
The memory of my Grandfather's Vegetable Garden lingers with me forever. Neatly set out and looking a necessity rather than a Hobby.
But that was in the 50's, but still not long after WW2 hostilities had ceased and Britain was still under the Ration Book and local Gardeners bartered amongst themselves for eggs, potatoes, tomatoes and whatever else may be abound.
In 1940, Britain was on her own. Chased back from the Beaches of Dunkirk (see Blog Article HERE), we were reforming, rebuilding and fighting many Battles overseas.
A lot of people formed their own little communities, sharing and bartering their vegetables thus ensuring a reasonable healthy diet.
Where am I going in this? It's really to say that when someone says "Oh, Richard grows his own vegetables, isn't that great" - It's not. Maybe I do out of some frugal necessity, but it's not clever atall. People for centuries have done it. It's only in the past 60 years or so that a Vegetable Garden isn't a natural part of the Household.
If we can eat better, eat more healthily, be happier within ourselves, we can use the examples given down to us in so many documents, film and books. Just a read of some Home Front Books will show us that it's easy when you know how, it just takes a bit of physical work which some find difficult. There again, it's physical exercise and worked correctly, can actually do us good and keep us in trim!!
The famous Pie named after The Minister of Food, Lord Woolton...
This pie was named after Lord Woolton, the Minister of Food. The vegetables could be changed
The Vegetable YearPages written by my good friend John Harrison
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