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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.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Now the Winter Weather is Here keeping off the soil and thoughts about compost and rubbish.

With the sandy soil we have on our plot I always think it is best to try not to walk on the soil surface when it is wet. The soil we have compacts down easily, so keeping off it is a good idea as we do not want to spoil our efforts to improve the texture of the soil.

Parsnips should be good now as they have had the frost that it is always said they need to make them 'sweet'. Not sure if that one is true or an old wives tale, we shall see.

We are still adding things to the compost heap.

Although we know that the transformation into compost slows down in the colder months, it will get there eventually. Besides, what a pity it would be to throw all the winter veggie peelings, fruit skins, hutch bedding, bits of cardboard, brown wrapping paper and  used tea bags into the bi-weekly rubbish bin collection for it to end up on a landfill site.  About the used tea bags, mine are the Clipper organic tea bags, partly because with the other types I got fed up with discovering tea bag liners that were still in the compost after months and months, plus I like the taste of this tea.

Thoughts on why is so much sent to landfill that is not rubbish?

Our local council will collect garden waste and items for compost but only if you pay for the service and for the brown bin. Which I think it taking a rather a short term view. I can never understand why this country, has not set up a system based on a large version of the Bokashi system to convert some of the food waste etc. into a usable product for the land.

Come on Britain, get your landfill act together before you have no where to dump the stuff that the modern world likes to call rubbish. We should be recycling, reusing and composting or converting any thing that really is not really rubbish. I know some councils are trying but we all need to plan and work this out better for the future generations.

Here is a short article about the Bokashi system of composting kitchen waste, for foods such as cooked food waste that cannot go straight onto a standard compost heap.

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