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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.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Why An Allotment?

Allotments are a great place to escape from the election frenzy.

Time often seems irrelevant on a fruit and vegetable plot when the seasons and weather are what are foremost in our minds.

While growing your own fruit and vegetables may have changed in some ways. Other things about our allotment plots remain timeless and are almost without an era that we can attribute them to. You hear the gate clang shut as someone enters or leaves the site and you know that the modern world is almost always held at bay for the few hours you are there (well it works for most visits) .

The intention of allotments was mostly to give people a place to raise food for their families meals. Many of us enjoy this aspect of growing our own, to take home what we have harvested and to cook it and bring it to the table at meal times to share with the people we care most about.

Having an allotment is nothing like the experience the TV programs show you, for how could it be.
The plot often comes complete with its own set of problems to battle against, some temporary and others reoccurring so many times that you lose count. An allotment often is nothing like the dream fruit and vegetable growing plot that we imagine, but it is an experience that provides challenges and as such we often find we gain more from it than just the crops that we harvest.

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