Ok, I know I skipped the December garden focus, so here is a brief summary of what you missed:
- I was busy brining the outdoors indoors - I do love this.
- Storms were uprooting trees
- Blackcurrants were budding
- And Garlic was rising.
But anyway - back to now, January, a new year - A new garden. Sometimes I find the garden can be overwhelming as there is ALWAYS something that can be done. As a relatively newcomer to the whole area of gardening and growing food to eat, I find that it can be hard to know, just where to begin -
So, I have decided, after consulting many books and online resources that January will be our garden 'Plan Month'. The time to make a plan of the garden for the next year, how it will look, what we will plant and where and when we will plant it, what we want to grow from seed and how much money we will need to do all of the above - we are on a tight budget, however, I do intend to save money in the shops on groceries later by investing in the garden now.
So here is our Garden To Do List for January:
- Make a Garden Plan (tune in next month for details & costing estimate)
- Prune the wild rose bushes - I want a bumper crop of rose hips next year for syrup.
- Prune the apple and pear trees
- Plant fruit trees
- Feed the birds
- Collect Seaweed.
A note on SEEDS
I do firmly believe that part of our future and our legacy will be SEEDS - What do I mean by this?
Seeds are part of the cyclical life of plants - flowers - pollination - seed. By germinating a seed we can produce food, seeds provide most of the nutrition and dietary requirements which we humans need.
The key to the future of a sustainable food chain is, in my opinion, the use of local seeds wherever possible. Plants and the products born of these local seed are recently referred to as 'Heirloom'. i.e: Heirloom tomato's. Personally I have an aversion to this kind of branding of foods, we all know some of the other terms: Organic, artisan etc, the reason I'm not such a huge fan of these terms is because I believe that they can exclude people.
So let's just keep the focus on local and affordable - In order to produce, grow or get your local and affordable plant based food, you need to support your local seed savers and growers - Buy a few seeds and watch them grow, even if you only start on your windowsill with a couple of pots, give it a go!
Let us allow future generations to actually know what an Irish Potato or Apple really tastes and looks like - Support your LOCAL seed savers and buy indigenous seeds.