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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Autumn is the time to tidy up and prepare for next years growing...

Time to make the most of autumn in the garden. In the depth of winter some days the only gardening you can do is to look at seed catalogues and plan next year's crops and planting plans. However at the moment time and weather permitting, the vegetable plot can be cleared of plant debris and the areas that need compost can be treated to a layer of your' finest' home-made compost, courtesy of - waste from the kitchen, the garden,  plus a bit of time and effort. It really is like some rustic version of alchemy the way that products we would normally discard and send to land-fill can be converted into such a useful substance as compost. 

The purpose of compost on the vegetable plot is to replenish it ( a way of putting back) after the 'effort' the soil has put into producing crops for you. It also makes the soil easier to work be it sandy or clay soil and helps add nutrients to the soil and humus. The quantities of these that compost adds or is composed of depends on the quality of the compost. 

When you first start to make compost I believe the import thing is to learn the process; which is relatively simple.
The art in producing compost comes as you get more experienced at making it and you learn how to make better compost, and possibly quicker.

Composting Tip: 
If you have comfrey plants growing on your allotment/vegetable plot adding the leaves to the compost heap is a good idea.

You can also add green manure plants from the plot to the compost such as Phacelia - if you do not want to dig it into the soil.

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote