Tuesday, March 06, 2012

From 2012: Growing vegetables on my own allotment

From this season I have been given access to an allotment garden close to where I live. Starting in April I will harvest my own vegetables and herbs and prepare food according to season. 

Allotment gardens were established on public land in the 19th century, in order for city dwellers to grow vegetables to use in their own household.

Photo: Zucchini or courgettes by matanya
Today these plots of land are popular to such an extend that there are waiting lists in order to get acess to one.

I am lucky as the allotment in question is just a 10 minute walk away from my flat, so it will be easy to go down and maintain it during the season. 
I will share the alottment with fellow foodie and Enjoy Food & Travel co-writer Dagfinn Skoglund. He is already busy with ideas organizing the plot.

We are planning to grow herbs, as well as different beans, garlic, spinach, and lettuce to use in our cooking, all organic as we will use no pesticides and natural fertilisers are supplied by the neigbouring farm as horse manure.

Spinach - one of my favourites. Photo: Victor M. Vicente Selvas
In one corner we will try to grow zucchini and butternut squash. If these plants thrive, we will be able to harvest large quantities of fruits or use zucchini flowers, as they are equally good in cooking.

So many ideas! Time will show how much we will achieve in our first year, but both Dagfinn and I are realists as a good plot of land needs a great deal of TLC in order to be a success, and we are determined to get there.

So stay tuned for stories to come from our 60 square meter allotment, the fruits our labour, and the food prepared from our produce.  

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