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Mon 20th Apr 2020
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We've been doing a lot of work on our garden over the past month so we can grow more of our own food. This is partly for food security (there might be less fresh food available as there may not be enough people picking it, and this & other factors could cause food price increases).

Digging (for victory)

In WW2 there was a 'Dig for Victory' campaign setup by the British Ministry of Agriculture - to encourage growing food during harsh rationing due to the war. OK, there isn't a war on now, and we're not fighting for some victory, but we are fighting a pandemic and we are staying at home, and it is harder to get food right now. And I have Gastroparesis which means I am on a very limited diet - not all the foods I need may be available in the months to come.

Garden fork
Garden fork

So growing our own food makes sense, but it is a lot of work. I have dug a lot of ground, over time as it is exhausting doing it, but by breaking the job into smaller bits, I'll get it done. Harder still as our ground is very stony, and we've removed a lot of stones from it too.

I am reminded of Clare Leighton's quote in her book 'Four Hedges'.

 It is good to feed oneself from one's earth 
- p56 of 'Four Hedges' by Clare Leighton

Whilst we won't grow enough to feed us all the time, what we will grow will hopefully help us. Partly perhaps summed by another quote later in the book:

 ...nobody who is still young would consent to be dominated by a garden ... as the blacksmith tells us, half the village allotments are untilled; the young men will not have their leisure controlled by the earth, for she is a relentless mistress. 
- p80 of 'Four Hedges' by Clare Leighton
Truck
I wish the truck would do some of the work

Digging (for victory)

In WW2 there was a 'Dig for Victory' campaign setup by the British Ministry of Agriculture - to encourage growing food during harsh rationing due to the war. OK, there isn't a war on now, and we're not fighting for some victory, but we are fighting a pandemic and we are staying at home, and it is harder to get food right now. And I have Gastroparesis which means I am on a very limited diet - not all the foods I need may be available in the months to come.

Garden fork
Garden fork

So growing our own food makes sense, but it is a lot of work. I have dug a lot of ground, over time as it is exhausting doing it, but by breaking the job into smaller bits, I'll get it done. Harder still as our ground is very stony, and we've removed a lot of stones from it too.

I am reminded of Clare Leighton's quote in her book 'Four Hedges'.

 It is good to feed oneself from one's earth 
- p56 of 'Four Hedges' by Clare Leighton

Whilst we won't grow enough to feed us all the time, what we will grow will hopefully help us. Partly perhaps summed by another quote later in the book:

 ...nobody who is still young would consent to be dominated by a garden ... as the blacksmith tells us, half the village allotments are untilled; the young men will not have their leisure controlled by the earth, for she is a relentless mistress. 
- p80 of 'Four Hedges' by Clare Leighton
Truck
I wish the truck would do some of the work

What are we growing?

I am focusing on foods that fill us and which grow with a smattering of other things to help - we also are blighted by blight, so no tomatoes. In our clay baked soil we find that blight resistant potatos grow well as do things like turnips and some carrots. In fact I planted 43 potato plants in the end - that was hard work but I did it.

Potato beds
Potato beds dug and ready for planting

Will have to see how it all grows.

What are we growing?

I am focusing on foods that fill us and which grow with a smattering of other things to help - we also are blighted by blight, so no tomatoes. In our clay baked soil we find that blight resistant potatos grow well as do things like turnips and some carrots. In fact I planted 43 potato plants in the end - that was hard work but I did it.

Potato beds
Potato beds dug and ready for planting

Will have to see how it all grows.


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