Garden aims 2017

In the past I’ve set myself quantitative goals for our garden. I’ve tried to save us £250 in groceries by benchmarking my harvest against the prices charged in our local supermarket and I’ve tried to grow certain foods in abundance. This year, gardening with a toddler is going to mean slightly different goals:

This kind of pottering is what it is all about

1. FUN: I want it to be a fun experience that we enjoy together. I want GarlicBoy to experience the joy that comes from watching something you nurture grow. Watering the garden is already one of his favourite activities and I hope to add “picking his own food” to that. 
2. FOOD: I want us to grow a wide variety of foods. I’ve deliberately chosen unusual varieties of things where I can. I want him to appreciate what a lot of the vegetables and fruits that he eats on a regular basis look like when growing. 
3. HARVEST: I do want to supply as much of our food as I can, including a pumpkin for halloween and ideally some parsnips and carrots for Christmas Day. But I am conscious that my garden is tiny and that I’ll be limited in what I can have. So I’m calling this a trial run for when we have somewhere larger in the country and an experiment to see just how much produce you can wring out of a small urban garden when you make every inch count. 

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We farm a three acre smallholding in Hampshire, England, having fled London in pursuit of the good life for our little family. We mess about with an assorted menagerie and try to be as self-sufficient as possible in meat and fruit and vegetables whilst enjoying our plot and an outdoors lifestyle with our son. I am the luckiest person that I know.

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