We ran a little competition with Harrod Horticulture putting up a £50 prize asking people to send in a photo or photos of their plot along with a little bit about why they grew their own.
The winner was Carl Goss from Ipswich but it was a close run thing with some really interesting entries.
You asked why we grow our own. Well Mum and Dad always did and so it was fairly natural for us to commune with the soil. Added to that the lovely Tom and even lovelier Barbara of ‘Good Life’ fame and the much missed Geoff Hamilton showed the way.
We took on the allotment several years ago. Heavily compacted with 5 layers of carpet under the soil and nine tree stumps, the plot had not been cultivated for upwards of 4 decades, being home to chickens for many years. It had been somewhat forcibly ‘repossessed’ by the authorities.
In the process, the sheds, chicken runs, summerhouse (yes really) had been burnt, smashed, and pulverized into the ground by a group of community service offenders (similar actions that had probably got them into that group in the first place!)
These days, we are largely self-sufficient in veg for a good portion of the year. It tastes better growing your own of course.
True, when we stand in Aldi with a 29p cabbage we do wonder why we do it, but there’s so much more to be said for it, the exercise, the sense of wellbeing, achievement, stress busting, opening the kid’s minds, being part of a community of likeminded folks, helping wildlife and the environment, and confidence in the provenance and quality of what we’re eating. Just a few more hours in the day and a little more sleep would be nice!
The Runners Up
Grow Your Own Competition - Burbage
Grow Your Own Competition - Essex
Grow Your Own Competition - Exmouth
Grow Your Own Competition - Kent
Grow Your Own Competition - Kilmarnock
Grow Your Own Competition - Notable Entries
Grow Your Own Competition Entry