Lettuce plants are bolting (going to seed) in haste. The first early potatoes and second early potatoes are out of the ground and being enjoyed cooked in various tasty meals. One of the things I like about growing your own is that it guides your hand as to what you will eat. Seasonal food is almost a unheard of concept in the supermarkets but growing your own fruit and vegetables brings you back in touch with nature.
It is not long after you start to harvest your first fruit and vegetables, when you have just begun to grow them that you realise some very important things :
- Control is an illusion, you have to work with and not against nature.
- After the efforts of growing your own food you never 'lightly' discard food again. You begin to look for ways and recipes to make the most of what you have grown in the way of fruit and vegetables.
- Composting makes total sense, once you understand that growing food is a cycle. What I have harvested I use, what we cannot eat such as peelings and 'tops and tails' etc. I compost. But there is sometimes a reason not to compost if it might put disease into the compost heap.
- Composting is about putting back into the land because growing fruit and vegetables takes something from it. I do not mean this in a tree hugging way - the soil needs replenishing in some way. I never use chemical fertilizers on the soil so if I do not want to deplete it I need to find other ways to 'feed' it.
I am planning to sow some green manure crops in any empty patches of land after the tidy up.