Gardening and philosophy

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Been busy out in the garden today, indulging in some typically eccentric gardening practices. It’s certainly been the day for it.

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We have a burgeoning food philosophy of our own at this little Crow House. It’s basically about eating low (or preferably no) harm foods. By harm, I mean foods that cause harm in their production.  So, while this means I eat a mostly* vegan diet,  the focus is broader than just harm done to animals. I like to minimise the environmental impact of the foods I choose for us to eat and I like to minimise on other aspects of harm like buying Fair Trade foods and boycotting Israeli produce. As far as I can I only buy fresh food grown in Western Europe because of the carbon footprint. 
Anyway, a huge part of achieving these goals lies in what we grow in our garden. Today, after planting lettuces and french beans, potting up loads of chillies, weeding and tidying all our various deep beds in preparation for some planting and generally getting my hands dirty making food for the summer, autumn and winter, I decided to document the progress so far this year. 

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First stop on the tour of eccentric garden practices is the upcycled shelving deep bed complete with perching cold frame. We had to put the cold frame in as the Glass Corn in this wee section is taller than the deep bed frame and still vulnerable to the throes of Galloway’s spring weather.

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The Glass Corn is planted straight into grow bags to save on weeding. Once we think the frosts are by, the cold frame will be moved and there should be plenty of sun in this spot for the corn!

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Behind the corn, I’ve put in a grow bag of lettuces and one of French beans. Later I’ll put in another bag of each.

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Lettuces are still so tiny! Should be pretty snug in here.

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French Beans. Been a while since we've grown these.

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This is our bio-mass pellet boiler.  It does the central heating and hot water. Just another wee facet of the harm reduction philosophy.  It was kindly fitted by our very local housing trust when we asked for it.

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Potato patch and garlic deep bed. First signs of life are stirring!

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Fruit bushes and strawberries. In pots for easy access to hedge.

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Orchard, green house and our three other deep beds. Yes, the bath is a deep bed. For carrots. Artwork by Cathy Cassidy

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Inside the green house. Tomatoes, broccoli and chillies

Here you can see a little more evidence of eccentric practice.  We’ve kept as many baby plants as possible in their original pots and simply cut the bottoms off. This deepens the root space and disturbs their wee roots much less.

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Tomatoes. Sun Gold and Sweet Millions. Brought on in our heated conservatory early this year.

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Broccoli, summer and winter varieties. Will go in the deep bed behind the green house soon

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Chillies of all kinds. Not entirely sure which....

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Still got more little babies in our conservatory,  so lots more still to plant!

Now I might actually remember next year what worked this year!

* I use local free range eggs in some baking and support local honey makers because bees!

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