Friday, 5 June 2015

30 Days Wild | 5: Digging for Victory

We were at a class today, so specific wild activities weren't part of our schedule, though we did spend some time in the garden. However, when we got home, I found that my Ration Book had arrived.

Cambridge Carbon Footprint Ration Book

For a fortnight from Monday we will be taking part in Cambridge Carbon Footprint's World War Two Rationing Challenge. We will be trying to eat as though we are on WWII rations. During the Second World War people were encouraged to grow their own vegetables in order to supplement their rations and whatever they could buy from the shops.  So it seems like as good a time as any to show you our vegetable patch. 

Vegetable Patch

Only the lettuce and rocket will be ready for eating during the challenge. Alongside those we are growing Brussels sprouts, garlic, peas, carrots and spring onions. The sweetcorn and red onions gave up the ghost a few weeks ago. I blame my novice gardener status and the appalling quality of our soil - it's pretty much rubble from when they were digging the foundations of the other houses on our estate! We're hoping that having plants in it will help it to improve a little, and we've been adding compost and coffee grounds in the hope that the worms will do their job. That's if the blackbird couple don't keep taking all my worms away!

We've planted potatoes in a big bucket, and there are a few strawberry plants in pots. I suspect we might get a couple of strawberries to add to our rations, as at least one is now tinged pink.

I'm open to advice on growing vegetables, if there's anyone out there who has some good tips! 

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