Growing again

My sweet peppers, sown last November, continue to grow indoors ready for planting out in what is left of the polytunnel. Today I planted onion seed in a tray. The seed were from a two-year old onion that went to seed last year. I also finished a new no-dig bed for this year's potatoes. The seed potatoes being small potatoes from last year's crop.

It is very satisfying growing your own vegetables but producing your own seed heightens the pleasure. To know that the complete life cycle of generation after generation of vegetables is carried out only on your land is very heart warming.

A seed swapping group was set up in the local village so we will be able to have a local food of many varieties. Each grower has their own particular skill and so what you can't grow someone else will and will be happy to swap their excess.

I will certainly have an excess of onions by the end of the year. And about time too as I always run out by Christmas. I must have about 2000 seeds this year and they are all going into the ground!


Adrian Foden said...


Having not tuned in for a couple of months it's good to come back and catch up (since Dec!) with your blog. Great stuff as usual and it's a thrill to see you getting the growing year underway.

Slight change in pace for me as I picked up a little short term contract work that sees me away from home for a few days a week but it won't last forever... a case of making hay whilst the sun shines.

Our sustainability efforts continue apace with more tree planting, livestock rearing and also getting our veg underway for the new year. Toms/chillis/Peppers/Aubergines are all coming up as seedling and we're still dealing with the drying/processing of much of last years overabundant harvest.

Will try and tune in more frequently but thought I'd pop in and say hello

- Adrian

James said...

Good to see you back. I enjoy reading your blog too.

Bad luck with the contract work! Wild horses won't get me slaving for anyone, anymore.

Not even my mother phoning up everyday telling me to go back to an office and be "normal".

The future is local. The future is farming.

I hope to have about 40 acres by the summer. Fingers crossed!