The New Year is already upon us and our thoughts are turning towards the thought of Spring and planting fruits and vegetables.
My sister Beverley Squire, owns a Soil Association Registered Organic garden in Staffordshire and she has written some wonderful ideas about growing your own vegetables and fruit. Here are some of her thoughts:
Can we do more to help achieve “Net Zero” which fosters a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions? When our backs were against the wall in World War Two and the threat of starvation a reality, we grew our own vegetables wherever there was a plot of available land. With the current ongoing threat to our planet of being slowly destroyed through excessive consumption, can we as individuals do more to restrict our Carbon Footprint?
Our Government has placed great

Growing your own wildflowers helps attracts birds and bees in the garden, This garden is at JCB, Rocester. 

emphasis on the UK becoming a Word Leader in green energy. There are plans for large scale projects ranging from offshore wind farms to solar power and biofuels costing billions of pounds. How can household contribute to this effort?

Everyone can take simple steps by reflecting upon what they buy, and where from, to help alleviate and curtail the throw-away society we have become. this will allow sustainably-minded individuals, who care about what they create and consume, to take centre stage. This way we can enhance our efforts to bring about change and increasingly grow garden produce locally.
“As a producer of Organic food”, Bev says, “I am committed to raising my family on an organic diet. it was glaringly obvious over thirty years ago that there was a need to take stock and look after the welfare of our topsoil to feed us, but if it becomes overworked and abused it will blow or wash away leaving an unfertile desert”.

Everyone can grow their own food, even if all that is available to them is simple window box or a large pot. You can start with just a few easy herbs to add freshness to your meals, such as parsley, Chives or Basil. Or for the more adventurous amongst you, potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes or carrots.
Growing your own vegetables is simple, straightforward , very enjoyable and rewarding, as well as being healthy. It is amazing how good you feel, and in many ways it is one of the most rewarding and worthwhile past times we can all engage in.

Simple recycling organic household waste through composting including for example, leaves, lawn cuttings, twigs, prunings and waste fruits and vegetables, we would significantly reduce organic pollution to rivers, streams, ponds and groundwater, whilst conserving biodiversity.

Organic gardening is a sustainable, ecologically sound and environmentally friendly approach that has evolved carefully and scientifically through the efforts of the UK Soil Association. If by continuing with this and enhancing this in our own gardens, we can boost wildflowers and wildlife at a local level and watch as our gardens become more beautiful, teaming with life, and havens for well being. So why not have a go? you will be amazed at what you can achieve! We have started gradually, here at Heywood Hall,  and added different vegetables each year. This year  we will try to add a few more! 

A selection of veg from the garden

Delicate Wild Garlic Flowers

Wild Garlic grows in the Churnet Valley & our garden!