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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, 9 March 2011

Soil Types. There is sandy soil and then there is

I always knew the soil at the allotment was sandy and dried out really quickly but today we discovered just how sandy the soil there is.  Digging to put stakes in for our summer fruiting raspberries, the raspberry canes  have out grown the existing stakes which were only a temporary measure until we got better supports into the ground.
Sixteen inches below the soil we have a deep layer of pure sand, the same colour as one sees on a building site.
It may take longer than we thought to build up the soil there to become more moisture retentive, she says with a wry smile. We are busy adding as much compost to the plot as we can but it looks like a long term project to build up the humus in the soil.

More soon about what we will put into the area of the plot where we are going to plant the first early new potatoes soon. We are planting 'Jersey Royal' type seed potatoes called 'International Kidney' as only the island of Jersey can row potatoes called Jersey Royals.

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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