My name is Marie and I am a very keen grower of vegetables both at home and on my allotment with a particular focus on trying to extend the growing season to provide staple vegetables for my family to eat all year round.
Each month I research varieties of vegetables that can be planted early or later than usual with the protection of garden cloches to extend the growing season and compile a list of what to sow and plant each month.
Here is the link to the… Continue
Added by Marie Waterhouse on November 26, 2009 at 21:05 —
Added by Richard Loader on November 24, 2009 at 9:19 —
We ran a crafty session at Sandy Balls for children on Saturday and a good time was had by all.
A very big thank you to Angela who planned the three activities and did all the preparation work.
Added by Richard Loader on November 23, 2009 at 21:48 —
Wasn't the weather horrible last night? Even I didn't exactly fancy turning out for the first Transition Hythe & Dibden meeting lol. Add to that Strictly Come Dancing and X-Factor on the tv (not that I watch, but from my time on facebook I know how these programmes can take over), and I have to say a very big thank you to the few people that did turn up.
Despite low numbers, I feel it was a very productive meeting. I was glad to finally watch Power of Community, and found it a… Continue
Added by Kim Cotton on November 22, 2009 at 15:56 —
I have read the comments on this site regarding Warborne and have spoke to kate at the farm a few weeks ago when I first heard the news. The issue of farm shops has been a challenge for more than 30 years for councils and farmers around the UK. Sadly the rules appear to interpreted in different ways and even sadder is that shops selling truly local produce tend to be the ones to lose out. The changing move towards recognising issues such as peak oil, climate change, food security, rural… Continue
Added by Ian Nelson on November 20, 2009 at 15:02 —
Is anyone interested in buying organic compost - very good quality and perfect for improving your soil over the winter.
2.5 cubic metres £150 - 5 cubic metres £300 - delivered in the new forest area.
please email me or phone 01425-617353 (evenings)
Added by Jane Edwards on November 17, 2009 at 22:15 —
Well, I have spent the last month sourcing some berry plants to plant and get a crop for next year (or may be the year after!)
I have got plants in a number of ways:
- Bought 3x (blueberry, blackcurrant and raspberry) from the 99p shop. (I swore I would never buy anything in there, and I haven't apart from these three plants - but will be interesting to see what flourishes over time?)
- Bought an established loganberry through an online shop. Looks very healthy,… Continue
Added by SarahF on November 17, 2009 at 15:30 —
I went with my camera over to Newbourne Farm Composting in Rockbourne today. I'd never had a close look at large scale processing of green waste before and it was fascinating to see.
Much of the material is familiar garden waste, a mixture of leafy and woody stuff plus other assorted items like rotting Pumpkins and guinea-pig litter.
This material all goes through a giant shredder to break it down so as to accelerate the… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on November 16, 2009 at 21:17 —
Yippeee!! We have just ordered a massive 250 fruit trees from a local plant supplier in Ringwood - Pinders Plants.
They are being funded by the New Forest Food Challenge and being planted across the forest by:
2 community gardens
2 town councils
2 allotment groups
And 42 individuals who have all signed up to our Eat local, grow local food… Continue
Added by SarahF on November 13, 2009 at 20:50 —
I had to go to Wimborne market today to get some shots of a local farmer and his meat/eggs stall. Afterwards I took a look around, always keen to see fruit and veg at markets. There were several veggie stalls there,mostly 'same old, same old' but Sopley Salads stood out as both freshest and most tempting. The veg has clearly been harvested within a few hours of being on show - a great example of how local veg should be done. This is veg that I bought to be photographed and then… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on November 13, 2009 at 17:30 —
I know this isn't about food but I've just noticed one of the Yuccas in my garden is sending up a flower spike. Does anyone know if this is unusual? I know it's been mild but......
Added by Richard on November 13, 2009 at 16:07 —
Years ago when I was a commercial organic veg producer one of the leading lights in practical organic growing was Charles Dowding. At about the same time that I stopped production so did Charles - just a coincidence but I often wondered why he had gone off the radar. Well, Charles spent some time in Zambia and then a good while in France running a farm and came back to the UK a few years ago. Since his return Charles has made quite a name for himself as a writer, lecturer and consultant. Why… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on November 12, 2009 at 21:38 —
I've just added some details of the Food Challenge to the new(ish) database being constructed by the Transition Network. It has a load of case studies on various projects around the UK and beyond and an opportunity to discuss items of mutual interest with other groups etc.
Paula Downard has also added the Hale Food Challenge project.....
To visit go to http://transitionfood.org.uk/
Added by Richard on November 12, 2009 at 13:06 —
Dear Anyone who wants to grow Vegetables...
Will be running a Test run work shop, to give Richard Mullholland (who has years of veg growing experience). A chance to test out his teaching skills before we start to charge members of the public for the workshop.
Prepare to Growing Your Own!
Content: Learn the about the importance of soil, Which can make the difference between a bumper crop and a few straggly veg. The day will cover some practical and… Continue
Added by Richard on November 11, 2009 at 17:43 —
They must have seen our plans for tree planting! Read the story here....
Added by Richard on November 3, 2009 at 9:49 —