All tment Glutton
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The Allotment Glutton is where I share allotment anecdotes, potting shed politics, plot experiments, harvests & seasonal Plot2Plate recipes for maximum exploitation of fruit and veg gluts.
My garden and allotment plots are based in St Leonards on Sea, near Hastings, East Sussex.
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By Angie, Jun 14 2013 11:00PM
I couldn't resist posting this on my site. We have been experiencing a number of thefts at our allotment site. The culprit has now been caught and the story has been posted on our allotment site's website:
Have a great gardening weekend!
By Angie, Apr 16 2013 09:26PM
We have suddenly gone from "Are allotments going out of fashion?" to "We need to grow our own veg to survive" in just under two months!
Panic headlines aside, apparently, the UK imports a staggering 40% of food consumed.
One aspect recommended is that children are taught about the origins of the food they eat and get their hands dirty growing vegetables at school and home.
Well, I can think of no better way to do this than by introducing a child to growing at home or at an allotment.
But it doesn't end there. As a country, we have a massive food waste issue and many of us have been brainwashed by supermarket sell-by dates as markets have disappeared. My parents didn't grow a lot of food, but my mother only ever bought fruit and veg from a market. Were there sell-by dates then? Of course not.
You simply had to only buy what you knew you would use or learn how to perserve food when food was seasonally cheap to buy (I remember my mum buying runner beans at the end of market day for knock down prices and then helping her to prep them for freezing). My mum worked full-time, yet I wonder how many full time working parents would bother prepping runner beans for the freezer?! Of course, food was a lot more expensive - perhaps it was UK produced and not imported?
So, I think it is my duty as a parent to teach children not to waste food and make the most of food.
I think my personal duty is working though. My five year old was recently overheard lecturing her four year old brother who was refusing to eat his fish with the line "you need to eat it because a little fishy died to give you that dinner". Not a scrap of food remained on the plates at the end of the meal!
What do other people think? Is the way forward to grow your own food - or is life too precious to waste time pursuing such activities? I would love to hear people's points of view.
By Angie, Apr 13 2013 04:48PM
We spent this morning tackling the long grass on the new plot (before photos below), and uncovering the mysterious mounds of stuff that have been buried in couch grass.
Many of the mounds contained black plastic bags - filled with more couch grass!!!! So, we have couch grass, on couch grass!
The four foot mound appears to be a compost heap that has never been emptied and is covered in couch grass of course!
We also uncovered what we suspect was once a small wildlife pond (buried in - well, you guessed it..!)
On the plus side, there were four areas which would definitely make decent beds with a little mulching and feeding. The other side of the plot (never cultivated in living memory) will be dedicated to lasagne beds.
We have twenty bags of horse manure coming to site tomorrow hopefully.
Oh, a little change of subject, but - some congrats to Nicole, Sally and people at the local community garden - Moveable Feast - who were given a prize for their efforts on the Big Dig weekend - a load of compost which, as only gardeners would know, that is a true gift of promise!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
These are the before photos of plot 38:
View of plot 38 (our shed and greenhouse on plot 39 are in the top left)
View from bottom corner of plot 39 (with plot 37 in top of pic)