Good grief, it’s almost July and that means one thing…
The race is on for work-at-home parents up and down the country to crack their most important jobs out before the onset of the 6-week school holidays.
I’m not trying to make it sound like it’s a torturous event, on the contrary, it’s an honour and privilege to share the break with them (quite often something we only recognise after they no longer ‘need’ us) but I’m a firm believer in balance and there will be times when I rely on Spielberg and the electronic babysitter to give me a welcome rest.
‘Bigger, better food is waiting in your compost heap.’
I recently caught up with a delightful man and a horticultural expert, Phil Gamble.
Trained at Cannington College, Somerset in it’s heyday, Philip’s background includes two posts as Head Gardener and ten years on the lecturing staff at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. He’s an established freelance lecturer and popular speaker, he’s an experienced garden guide, practical demonstrator and photographer.
He’s busy with designs for two clients at the moment in between his programme of illustrated talks, short courses and garden days.
It seems like a blink-of-an-eye ago that I was trying to decide where to plant my tomatoes and chilli peppers. “Get the sun in them girl”, my neighbour said and I plumped for an all day, full-on sun position – not that we’ve seen much of that this year, but anyway…
Now, the summer veggies are on their last legs and the pumpkins are juicing up, ready to be turned into soup and lanterns for night time adventures on Halloween and the 5th November.
I’m no Charlie Dimmock; I’m an expert novice and very comfortable with that status. Since my major downshift in 2002, with varying degrees each year, I’ve tried to plant and/or rear as much food as I had time to, for my lovely family. Adopting this approach has helped with our finances, our collective health, my general level of chilland it has a minimal impact on our rubbish bin too. Continue reading “Peace and Carrots”