I'm not British, but I do live in a former colony :)
I started visiting this board about 6-8 months ago and have found the
people here to be very helpful and informative. There's one fellow in
particular...forgot his name...who has a wealth of experience growing
garlic; he especially has given me tips on my own garlic crop.
Speaking of your being English: I watched a fascinating show on
educational television a while ago about Victory Gardens in WWII.
They touched on people raising rabbits in backyard hutches, etc. Neat
We don't have television (but we don't eat our young any more) but I do
remember WWII. Many people grew vegetables, rabbits, pigeons, pigs etc in
the tiniest of spaces. Larger areas such as parks and sports fields were
given over to allotments.
My mother kept rabbits, not in the back yard (we only had a tiny front
garden, living in what's called a two bedroomed back to back terrace house)
but they were for the pot. My husband's family did the same. I remember my
mother killing a rabbit with a blow to the back of its head, my husband
never saw that but said that one day the hutch door was open and he was told
that the rabbit had escaped. somehow he knew that wasn't true ...
During the war my father's father kept a pig in his tiny garden. You must
remember that this was very close to the centre of a large city in
Yorkshire: Leeds, not in the country. His house was three storeys high but
it only had one room per storey. They lived in the 'cellar kitchen', it was
beneath ground level and was accessed by stone steps leading down to the
room. It had a shallow stone sink, a set pot, a huge mangle, a soft wood
table covered by oil cloth with two chairs, a large coal fireplace with an
integral oven, a dresser and a horsehair sofa. Oh, and a rocking chair and
rag rug, otherwise the stone flagged floor was uncovered. The lavatory was
under the stone steps which led up to the 'ground floor', used as a bedroom.
There was only cold water so the kettle was constantly on the trivet on the
The pig was fed on household scraps, such as they were, it must have had
something else but perhaps neighbours gave it their scraps too. We didn't
have much waste food but there were potato peelings. Right until I was about
thirteen people used to call at houses asking for 'pig swill', that is food
I could never understand why my mother's sister only had flowers in her
garden. We live in that house now and I know there was space enough for
vegetables. I suppose it was because she had more money than we had and
could afford to buy things we couldn't.
During the war our garden was too small to grow anything but a few
soot-stained flowers but when I was ten we moved and had a garden big enough
for my father to grow vegetables. I wish I'd taken notice of what he did ...
Now I grow many of our own vegetables but it's late in the day and I don't
remember everything I learn. But I persevere and we eat very well. Tonight
we had runner beans, tomatoes and cucumber and my own baked rosemary and
garlic bread as well as my own dry cured ham.
I reckon we eat better than most people!
And I love it :-)
English.. ?? Hard to define these days! LOL
Technically I'm British.. However I'm European by blood!-)!
Alone.. never but 'where' are you.. There's always uk.rec.gardens if
you are gardening in the UK.. Though everyones pretty friendly here
North London, England, UK
Welcome aboard Mary. I am not English nor have I been in that country. We
do all have something in common here, we love to garden. Otherwise how
could I admit here that all my squash died this year? Nobody looses their
squash, just me. Everything else died also. Before that happened I made
sauerkraut from my cabbage, and we put some Brussels sprouts in the freezer.
Now if my sweet potatoes come out of it and make something, maybe I will
have redeemed myself. I did come up with some really big garlic this year.
Took a blue ribbon and Grand Champion at the fair.
Aaaah pedigree LOL! I can go back several generations inc to Yorksire
family and those who went to US..
And the Dutch side of my family in a similar vein.. Working on the fam
tree at the mo actually the web is great for this! (Sorry going a bit OT
I did mean URG! Sorry mistype!-) But yes this is specific to the
edible though there are a lot of veggie growers on URG as well ya
My real area of interest in multi usecrops (eg edible ornamentals) and
growing more unusual edibles.. hope to try some teff next year (its a
grain) among other things.. But being down in London (UK) means I can
push a lot more crops that might not do well elsewhere!.
I grew it this year also, and yes, it's very pretty.
It didn't grow nearly as fast or as large for me as Fordhook
Giant (plain green chard with white stems). I'll probably
mostly plant Fordhook Giant in the future.
"Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of
supply and demand. It is the privilege of human beings to
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