We have welcomed quite a few new members over the past few months and it is clear that some are feeling quite daunted by the amount of work involved in getting a new plot into shape.
But it doesn’t have to be all backbreaking toil with very little to show for your efforts in the short term.
To those of you finding it all a bit disheartening don’t give up, give ‘no-dig’ a try.
To find out what’s involved you can find expert help and advice from Stephanie Hafferty, an organic no dig kitchen gardener, plant based cook, award winning author, food and gardening writer, small scale homesteader and mum of three.
You may have seen compost labelled as peat-free, but if you aren’t aware what peat is, and importantly, where it comes from, you wouldn’t understand why it is so important to choose a peat-free product.
You also probably wouldn’t know that if a compost is not labelled as peat-free, then it likely comprises between 60-90% peat.
MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest) is an exciting research project being carried out at the University of Sheffield that will estimate the contribution people who grow their own fruit and vegetable crops are making to UK national food production.
At present, there is a recognition that own-growing in the UK makes a really important contribution to food security, healthy diets and general well-being, but we currently have a poor understanding of how much own-grown food people are able to produce.
News of our borehole project has reached an international audience thanks to NAS President Phil Gomersall’s piece on the website of The Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux.
The International Office encompasses the national allotment federations from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great-Britain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.