Ethel project updates
This year has seen an excellent start for my garden. As you may remember I trialled the 'no dig method' - and this has been a great improvement, as there has been hardly any weeds to pull.
For the last five or six years, I've been concentrating on growing heirloom/heritage seeds. In fact, my mangetout (snow peas) have all come up fine, with these being the fifth generation of seed I've saved.
I wish I had the land that our American friends has access to. My garden is quite a large one, but it is nowhere near the size needed to be self-reliant in food. House prices where I live average half million pound, and with the constant influx of immigrants, land cost is now outside the reach of the common Englishman. But this shouldn't stop us from doing whatever we can to be less reliant on big business, no matter how small.
I hope that my posts are a help or inspiration to my fellow Wodenists who are new to growing fruit and veg. Hopefully this year I'll be saving enough seeds to distribute to others.
I'm not going to give up on my blogs, but I do have less and less time for the internet. Personally, I find working the soil as spiritually rewarding as it is physical - The unity of blood and soil must be restored!
gooseberries growing well up a lebenrune trellis
above and below - this is my first 'no dig bed' which was well covered with mulch. As a result I've not had to weed at all.
one of my Pekin bantams, my others being Wyandottes
heritage tomatoes in a make-shift polytunnel.