eat local, grow local
I went to the first of the 3 week course evenings on Grow your Own Fruit and Veg in Lym last Thursday night. There were 8 of us (all female!) plus Judy the teacher and it was great. 2 hours of chatting about growing fruit and veg, dispelling myths and collecting top tips. But above all, we gained confidence to give it a go!
Strange words like F1 variety, succession planting, bed rotations, chitting potatoes, pricking out, green manure,.... all became clear. There really is no mystery to it (apparently!)
We even have homework! This week, we have to decide what fruit, veg and herbs we like to cook with / eat so that next week we can start a plan.
So having just got home from work, I am about to pour over my book "Allotment - month by month" by Alan Buckingham, and check out what I need to do in Jan. Then its a trip to SCATS to get seeds and chitting potatoes and onion sets. Oh how that sounds like I know what I'm talking about! I really don't!
I have ordered some reclaimed sleepers from Romsey Reclamation, and when they arrive, my 5 raised beds will be laid out in my new garden. We moved from a tiny 2 bed end of terrace with a tiny garden in New Milton, to a dilapidated detached bungalow with a 100ft garden in Lym in June - lovely, loads of potential, but rather daunting! Till the raised beds are down, my seeds will need planting and raising on a warm window sill until they are ready to be planted out in a couple of month's time.
I'll keep you updated about my successes and undoubtably my many failures too!
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