After years of wondering what I could do to put organic fruit and veg on the table, grown with my own hands in a way that wouldn’t take too much of my time and energy, and that wouldn’t affect my health negatively, I've finally found the solution.
At the screening of the uplifting and inspiring film/documentary Tomorrow (Demain) by Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion here in Folkestone two weeks ago, I met a few members of the group Folkestone Cantiaci Volunteers, which is part of the Transition Town movement. They invited me to join themon Sunday morning to work on their allotments in Newigton, a ten-minute drive from where I live. So last Sunday I spent the morning with Nick, Rebecca, Frank, Doug and Kath. They showed me around the patches and their enthusiasm was contagious.
So, apart from walking around and taking pics, did you do any work? you wonder. Yes, I did. I helped plough a patch in which we will grow rosemary. It’s been hard work in a hot, summery weather, but very satisfying.
On the top right-hand side of the photos you can see the pond that Rebecca is creating. It will attract animals, like hedgehogs, that will eat slugs and other pests. No need for pesticides in our allotments! The pond will host frogs too. I must confess that I'm not keen on being in close proximity to them, but they will eat up the mosquitoes that will hover around the pond so it will be a good trade-off.
Now you know what I'll be doing every Sunday morning from now on :-). And you, have you ever thought of growing you own food?