In a few weeks time I am going to start digging our garden. It's the end of the year and a beginning in never ending cycle. I'll begin blogging properly once I make a start with my spade, but for now, here's a little bit about me.
I learned to garden from my father. With five children money was tight and an allotment meant that we could grow our own produce cheaply and sell the surplus. When my dad wasn't at work, he was usually to be found at the allotment being industrious with hoe and spade, string and net.
|My dad, Bill, busy at work.|
|Me (centre smiling) with my four brothers and sisters, busy making our den at Dad's allotment|
My older brother and I used to go door to door selling our surpluse produce among the closely packed houses of the old Meadows area in Nottingham. Dad would take orders from regular customers and we were his delivery boys for which we were paid a couple of pennies each.
I learned the basics of gardening by watching and helping out. When I married Elizabeth, again there wasn't much money at the outset, so the first thing we did when we bought our first house was turn the back garden over to growing fruit and vegetables. I put my name down for a local allotment and as soon as one came vacant, I took it on.
|Planting seeds at our first allotment. This is me not long after we married.|
|potatoes growing earlier this year. We're eating them now. The blog header|
features me, my grand-daughter and Jack digging them up a few weeks ago.
|One of the raised beds late spring with beetroot, onions and ca\rrots. Cabbages and cauliflowers|
in the far bed and bordering the photo on the left, the blackberry bush.
I still get a thrill digging potatoes and finding out what sort of crop is under the roots, and so does my grand-daughter as you can see from the main blog illustration. To engage with the soil and growing things is wonderful therapy. I hope you'll join me in the weeks and months to come.
|potatoes ready for use and winter storage. These are Duke of York Red (good roasters and mashers|
and Desiree which are graeat all round and stay fairly firm when boiled.