We held our very popular Edible Gardens Open Day on Sunday 15 July This is a report
from Mike Carnaby of West Street.
I live at The Old Doctor’s Cottage on West Street and I was one of the townspeople who opened their gardens to the public for this event on Sunday 15th July 2012. My first experience of this type of event was at last year’s Open Day in September; when my Vegetable Plot had been lawn only six months earlier; and that first taste of the enthusiasm and interest from other gardeners not only convinced me that growing as much of your own food as possible was the way forward, but it convinced me that I should establish an Edible Gardening Group.
In it, we help each other to sow, plant, nurture and harvest so that we can enjoy the amazing taste of ultra fresh vegetables and perpetuate the sense of achievement experienced when the crops come to fruition, which, believe me, is priceless, !
This year, we had over forty people visit the garden and, as with the previous year, they left me feeling enriched by their comments, observations and tips – and flattered by some of their kind comments on my efforts with vegetables.
On the same theme of Self Sufficiency, I now have six rescued ex-battery hens that are generously providing us with 100 eggs per month. Whilst the eggs are an undeniable bonus, the satisfaction of saving them from slaughter and watching them blossom is immense; and I shall, therefore, be rescuing another six, in a few days.
Transition Town Horncastle is a community group working with the whole local community to create a future that addresses the twin challenges of diminishing oil and gas supplies and climate change. Oil prices are rising, taking the costs of food production with them. The growing, packaging and transporting of food round the globe may soon become a thing of the past. For the first time in many years in the UK there have been more vegetable seeds sown than ornamentals and we need to rediscover some of the gardening skills of our forbearers.