Thursday, 25 April 2013

Kung fu gardening.




I practice Kung fu gardening.
Kung fu literally translated means a skilful ability attained through hard work.

Thus, someone could be a XXXXX and deemed to have good ‘kung fu’

 I went down to my allotment plot yesterday and put in 80 potatoes tubers.

It took me all of 15 minutes.  And that is it, until I harvest apart from; hoeing every week, which takes about 3 minutes a time.

The reason that it does not take any time at all is because I have made raised beds.


The kung fu bit of all of this is:
Each bed is 10 feet by 4 feet and took about fours hours to make.  That is with all the digging and manureing and colleting materials and so on.  But once made; that’s it.  

Knowing what you are doing…doing it…. putting in the work…and harvesting the rewards.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

When to sow seeds:


At last, here in the UK, the weather has turned and the wind is now from the West; which means it is warmer.

My gauge for planting out in the soil is; the grass.  When that starts growing and needs cutting then, in my view it is time to sow.

Most seeds will not start moving until the soil is about 5 c.  If you put them in before, you stand the chance of them rotting or being eaten by birds.

My whole plot has been wiped out this last winter with the Thames floods.
There was 73 days of water over the whole area to a depth of 64 c. (25”)

Only the fruit survived (both soft and tree fruit).  Even my Rhubarb and mint has been drowned.

I am in the process of raising all of my beds up, so that it will not happen again.

What this means for me is that, for the first time in years, I have to buy my veg. Bit of a shock to the system; on both the price and taste front.

Still, onwards and upwards.

I know that many people want to grow their own but do not have the time.  Well it does not have to take that much time.  You can do it in 12 hours a year, once you are set up.
To find out how follow the link below.    Grow your own veg in 12 hours a year!