Want Not, Waste Not

Reading Croft Garden‘s recent post ‘World Food Day’ and the comments that followed it has made me think more about my own food production and what I do with it. I do (over time) use all the fruit that I grow, the soft fruit and apples, the plums and damsons when we get them, but I am not as diligent with the vegetables. I have tried in the past to stick to reliable crops that I know I am going to use, but somehow it doesn’t always work out like that and I end up with rotten onions, gone-to-seed leeks and potatoes hardly worth peeling – the compost heap may benefit, but that defeats any real purpose in growing them and is a waste of time and resources. If I really concentrated on those crops I use regularly and paid them more attention it would mean buying less from the supermarkets, and we all know that home grown will taste better too. I therefore hope to advance plan for next year – no potatoes, no broad beans, no beetroot, no leeks,  but well-nurtured French beans, courgettes, broccoli, cabbage, spinach beet, salad crops and onions-that-will-NOT-fail!

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2 Responses to Want Not, Waste Not

  1. croftgarden says:

    It is better to grow a few things well. From small beginnings an allotment will grow!

  2. Cathy says:

    I could of course extend the area I have for my veg, but I am not going to (and I did lose 2 raised beds at the side of the house when we got our new batch of chickens last year) as I love my ornamental plants too much. You are quite right about it being better to grow a few things well and perhaps I have been a little harsh on myself as this is my first complete year away from ‘work’ and revamping the garden took most of the first half. I give myself 5 out of 10 – must try harder.

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