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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.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Photos of food from allotments and the vegetable garden.

Photos of food - can you guess what they have in common?

Photo number one photo is of a bowl of freshly picked salad leaves.

 Photo number two is of a bunch of carrots complete with the tops on, freshly pulled up from a vegetable plot.

 Photo number three is of plums picked from an ancient plum tree that someone said was dead and useless. It did not crop this year as the frost took advantage of it flowering early. So this year we have missed out on the home grown plums.
 Photo number four is of our rhubarb waiting to be taken home for cooking up into a crumble or pie.
Photo number five is of the white currants and blackcurrants from the bushes growing on the allotment.

No doubt you will have known from the start that they are all home grown.
The other things that are not so obvious are

  • None of them come with a use by date.
  • None of them came in a package of any sort.
  • None of them clocked up any land or air miles to reach our plates.
  • None of the bits that could not be eaten went to landfill - we composted the leaves of the rhubarb. The guinea pig ate the carrot tops but they could have been composted if not.
  • No chemicals or sprays were used in growing any of the food in this posting.
  • I like taking photos of the things that we grow.

That is it really the gardeners and own food growers will know all of that already but maybe it is time to reach out and try to stop so much good food going to landfill just because it is not all a uniform shape, colour or size.

A Border spade is the type that I use for digging on the vegetable plot as  it is smaller than a normal garden spade. I need a smaller spade like this, as a traditional spade is too large and heavy for me to be able to work with on the allotment or in the garden.

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