LAZY FRIDAY: HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN ENVIRONMENTALLY

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You have probably heard about eating ‘5 A Day’ to keep healthy. One of the problems with this idea is having a stock of these five fruits or vegetables on hand just when you need them.

With all the best intentions in the world you may while at the supermarket buy your five different items eg Fruit Juice, Apples, Oranges, Carrots and Broccoli. Now there’s a nice healthy selection. So you take your purchases home feeling pleased with yourself.

But it’s when you get home and unpack your food – doubts start to niggle at you.

How healthy is the food you just bought? Have those lovely rosy apples been sprayed with Pesticides? Will washing the apple before eating it fully wash away the chemicals that are in the pesticides? Have some of these chemicals been absorbed through the skin and impregnated themselves into the flesh of the apple? As pesticides are a poison to the insects etc that also enjoy a lovely crisp rosy apple – could the poison harm you?

So as the saying goes – God helps those who help themselves (and this does not mean you should become a petty thief) so why not grow your own fruit and vegetables …… that way you will know exactly what pesticides if any your fruit and veg have come into contact with and you will be doing your bit to save the planet.

Okay you may think up a bunch of reasons why that idea is just not going to happen for you.

• No garden
• No time.
• You don’t know the first thing about gardening

The No Garden reason is a poor excuse for the serious would be gardener. There are several solutions to this problem:

• A Window Box
• A Container
• An Allotment

There is a problem with having Window Boxes. The more modern house doesn’t have the Window Sills we used to have when I was a little girl, living in a two up and two down house. So unless you do have an older house with wide Window Sills – forget the idea of having Window Boxes.

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What is a Container? Anything from an old plastic bucket with holes drilled in the bottom to an old zinc bath also with holes drilled in the bottom of it.

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Now an Allotment is within the realms of possibility for almost everyone.

What is An Allotment?

An Allotment is a piece of land divided up into uniform sizes that people can rent / hire for their own use in growing fruit, vegetables or flowers.

How Can You Rent / Hire An Allotment?

As all Councils in England and Wales (only exception is Inner London) have to provide Allotments. Get together with your friends and request they allow you some land for use as an allotment. (You and your friends must be over 18 and on the Electoral Roll).

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You can find out at your local library details of who to contact about your nearest Allotment Associations – or you can contact NSALG (National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners) on 01536 266576 or email: natsoc@nsalg.org.uk

Eva

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