This blog is mainly a rambling kind of diary of the transition from smallholderwannabe to smallholder.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Last day of freedom for a bit. Back to school tomorrow. I haven't got as much done as I had hoped but I do feel that I achieved a fair bit and had a rest too. The allotment is coming along . This year we are really hoping to achieve a bigger harvest. We usually manage to have a reasonable crop but this year I want more - in terms of fresh fruit and veg, fewer food miles AND less money spent.

I've also been watching Edible Garden on Wednesdays on BBC2 - courtesy of iplayer. Alys Fowler from BBC Gardeners World is trying to grow as much of her household's fruit and veg as possible for a the year and the series of 6x30 minute programmes charts her progress. She also has two hens to provide some fresh eggs. She needs three or what is she going to do if she loses one? You can't add in a new hen or two to the old one in her sort of garden situation. Anyway, one of the things she has done so far is to grow pea shoots for salad. She used a packet of marrowfat peas so I've bought myself some to have a go. Last summer I bought a couple of (reduced) bags of salad which had pea shoots in them and loved them. The packet of marrowfat peas cost 24p in Tesco and should give us a crop at about 4p per meal of 2 portions... Add a bit of other lettuce to have a mixed salad - yum. I'm going to plant some mixed salad leaves in a tub by the back door which is the only bit of the garden which ever gets any sun and that only for an hour in the afternoon.


  • At 3:11 AM, Blogger GreenFlag said…

    i am watching the edible garden too. it's a bit twee isn't it?

    i found the one about salad, tomatoes and q useful though because it inspired me to plant some qs. have a look on my blog to see the structure the hairlessbiker built for them to climb up.

    have yet to watch programme 3

  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Jo said…

    I've not managed to watch one at the right time yet but coutesy of BBC iplayer. It is a little twee and maybe a bit too artistic but I like it - she is trying to plant enough to keep them in fruit and veg for the year and apart from her cold frame/greenhouse thing, is doing it without fancy gadgets and sending you to spend lots of money at the garden centre. I like trying to do that without spending a fortune! We usually get quite a bit from the allotment but not enough for the year. I am determined to be a little more selfsufficient this year. And there are the rabbits and the hens too...


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