The Soil Association has launched a campaign to mobilise our 11 million (!) UK gardeners to become part of the organic, low carbon food chain. Ros has joined us and we are starting this weekend!
Their campaign is A SUSTAINABLE FOOD PLAN FOR BRITAIN and is headed by TV presenter Monty Don. The website is worth a visit and is sure to encourage you into action, from demanding more sustainablly sourced food to growing your own. Here is a snapshot from the Soil Association website:
The Soil Association are very concerned about the UK’s precarious food supply and firmly believe that our 11 million gardeners will have a central role to play. They will be able to grow food for their family and for the community and also help spread greater understanding about our food, quality and supply.
So, while the politicians debate and pontificate, the rest of us will get stuck in and get on with it.
The local farmer delivered 2-3 tonnes of manure on a trailer to start our vegetable garden. We’ve had loads of rain and the field is so wet that it got stuck - I mean his tractor and trailer! So, a 4 wheel drive tractor turned up and pulled the tractor out. Which left the trailer full of dung.
We have made some raised vegetable beds to grow our own vegetables. We’ll rotavate the soil within the beds, lay in some compost and churn in some manure. Apparently, pure manure is too rich (apologies to experts out there, I’m a green virgin).The forecast today is fine, but it is supposed to be lashing down on Sunday. This sustainable living could be pretty knackering!