(Northfield Cottage- my favourite house and where I grew my first vegetables)
If there is anything the “1940s Experiment” has taught me is that eating plenty of fresh vegetables everyday makes you feel good and fills your tummy. Even better if you grow your own, do not use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
It’s incredibly cheap growing vegetables. Although I’ve not personally done so for a few years now, I did grow large organic gardens filled with brassica’s, beans, salads, corn, potatoes and other root vegetables. I remember the first seed I ever sowed was at the first ever house we bought 17 years ago…( a beautiful little estate cottage on the outskirts of a Fenland village in Norfolk, UK). It was a courgette (zucchini) seed..
(We often let our courgettes/zucchini grow to marrow size- it made more food that way! My Hobbits at Lanygors Farm in Wales circa 1999)
I never knew such abundance would come from a single seed. Once the seed had germinated and its little shoot grabbed for the bright sunlight, I would be astounded how quickly it grew. It wasn’t long before the plants were bushy and the courgettes were coming through. I had sowed several seeds and therefore began to eat courgettes every day. I got behind with harvesting and soon a few of the plants grew marrows over 12 inches long. We began to eat lots of vegetable curries, there was so much food..
What I am trying to say is that from a few seeds simply planted into the earth and watered, we were able to feed ourselves delicious meals for pennies…
Food poverty concerns me. Many people with young children cannot feed themselves adequately. Reliance on food banks is at an all time high. Food banks make sure those that cannot afford to eat get food in their tummies but that is rarely fresh veg (the best medicine the body can consume).
What also concerns me is the reliance on the importation of food to feed a nation. The further away an economy moves away from food security and self reliance it endangers it’s inhabitants. Local agriculture is an important part of food security. Small local farms need to be re-established, allotments resurrected and gardens once again filled with food instead of flowers. Communities need to come together and make this happen.
It’s time once again to “Dig for Victory and Survival”…
PS: Please take a moment to read this recent article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9996129/Britain-may-need-to-dig-for-survival -minister-says.html
One of my old vegetable gardens. My plans are to get my name down on the allotment waiting list when we move to Nottingham City