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Why I decided to grow vegetables for myself


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Dad was instrumental in giving me the gardening bug. He helped me prepare a little plot beside his, when I was six or seven. He handed me some sticks (pruned from his black currants) to mark out its corners. When one of them grew, I was hooked! It became 'my' bush and had to be transposed from Yorkshire to Ireland when we moved. So growing food has always been a part of my life, though for a good few years, for various reasons, I grew little but herbs and some bonsai trees.
I grow my own for all the reasons given by others, above, but some of the most important to me are: as an example to the children and as a way of showing that it is possible to make a lower impact on the environment.
There is an interesting research project underway, comparing plant health and resistance to pests, using organic and 'conventional' soil management. It is being run by Scotland's Rural College and Teagasc. Search 'Cabbage root fly' at www.sruc.ac.uk
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Growing your own saves about 5 per square metre planted, annually. That's according to Klaus Laitenberger.
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