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Green fingered friends #1

August 12, 2010

The other night I visited some friends who are also doing a bit of growing. EB has been growing tomatoes, sweet peas, strawberries, sunflowers and lots of herbs. KPW has been growing courgettes and a Ghost-Rider pumpkin which I would say is now a little bigger than an ostrich egg (below). They also have an apple tree in their garden which is laden with fruit. The colour is so vibrant but apparently not much of an eater yet. (Apologies for the photographs as they were taken at dusk.)

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First courgette

July 18, 2010

I ate the first of my courgettes today. A friend commented that my picture reminded him of a certain Led Zep cover. I’m rock ‘n’ roll me. I only grow rock ‘n’ roll vegetables!

WWOOFing Portugal

July 16, 2010

In April I went WWOOFing in Portugal. WWOOF  (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is an organisation which does exactly what it says on the tin, gives people opportunities to help and have help on organic farms around the world. As a WWOOFer you work an agreed amount of time each day in return for your board, lodging and knowledge in organic living. It is a cheap and rewarding way of seeing the world.

I was based in the Algarve for two weeks for an Eco-tourism business. It was beautiful being in the middle of nowhere, 40 minutes walk from the nearest village and 15 minutes from the beach. The cicadas and frogs would keep you up at night. I was fascinated by the wildlife of another country and which plants would run rampant. However, my hayfever was terrible and debilitating. It made working very hard.  Read more…

My favourite vege-table

July 16, 2010

This is the second year that I have properly embraced growing vegetables. I have a very small plot in my back garden and also grow in containers. I am no expert but eager to learn.

Here I hope to share some of my successes (and failures) in gardening, but also green things that inspire me. I guess this is a record of my 21st Century version of the Good Life.

This year my crops are tomatoes (3 varieties), potatoes, courgettes, carrots, beans, peas, fennel, beetroot, radishes, rocket, spinach, basil, parsley, lettuce, coriander as well as mixed salad I got from the BBCs Dig In initiative.