Monday, 8 February 2010

A vision

Here is an idea.
On any site that we are going to be offered to have a community food growing garden there will be some factors which are not ideal for food growing. A slope, shade, bad soil, overhanging trees, bad access,rabbits, etc etc.The Foundation House site shares many of these problems in different parts of the plot.
But in the real world of people's gardens and allotments these are the problems they have to deal with. None of the situations I have mentioned above would mean no food could be grown, it is just a matter of the careful design of that particular type of plot.
Maybe this is what we could do with a community food growing garden in Louth. We could demonstrate that it doesn't matter what your garden or growing space is like there is a way that it could be used to grow food. The plot could be divided up in relation to the type of issues that that area will present. A section under the trees, a section on the steepest slope, etc.
Then a food growing garden to suit those conditions could be built in that area so show people it is possible.
Just an idea...


  1. Great idea Nick. Making the most of the available resources is the greatest challenge we face if we want more to encourage more home grown food production.
    (And I thought all we had to do was scatter a mixed bag of seeds on the earth..guess there's more to it than that!)

  2. Wow, all that space.. but rabbits! You're right, it can be daunting when you consider all the difficulties of any plot. I have a small area, clay soil that refuses to drain, very little knowledge of gardening, and a small dog intent on messing with everything. However, a fence, gate, and raised beds will (I hope) make it possible for me to grow a few things. Clay soil is (I'm told) very good at holding on to its nutrients. There is always something positive!


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