Friday, 2 April 2010
Dig In and Grow Your Own
I missed out on the BBC's Dig In campaign for free seeds last year but I was informed yesterday by a friend that my seeds for 2010 had arrived! Here is a photo of some of the seeds I planted last month... they are growing strong but it is all a learning curve for me (thanks to a kind friend who is watering in my absence!). I shall have a load of seeds to plant when I return - both crops and flowers and wild flowers for our bee and butterfly population.
For anyone in the UK who may be interested, you're still in time to request the Dig In seeds if you fill out your details here. Be quick as they ran out of seeds very early last time. Hopefully you'll get your pack (with 5 different veggies) within three weeks as I did mine. If you have never done this before, this is a perfect way to learn and to try your hand at growing something you can eat... it's true: it does taste so much better if you grow it yourself!
Another bit of good Grow Your Own news is that there is a new programme due on BBC2 next Wednesday with gardener Alys Fowler entitled The Edible Garden. The description sounds promising and involves an interesting way of weaving in food crops with flowers and roses.
Are you trying your hand at growing your own this year? Or are you an experienced gardener who delights in growing tasty crops? If you're outside the UK... does your country run similar campaigns? I'd love to hear from you as I find this quite exciting and my aim is to gradually become more self-sufficient, healthier and more knowledgeable about the food that I eat.