Yep, I grow my own vegies and it's fantastic! Even if you only have a few bits and pieces on your plate that are yours, it's still great. I just picked some broccolini for tonight's stir fry, I us my spinach regularly and the lettuces are coming into their own right now. The garlic has been growing all winter and should be absolute monsters in a few months. I have some tomato seeds (saved from last year's crop) growing on my windowsill ready to be planted in a couple of weeks - home grown tomatoes are indescribable! Half of them don't make it inside! I honestly think I like them better than the strawberries that grow next door to them. We've also got peas growing, broad beans coming up and the random self sown potatoes that are like the cut and come again pudding! They were here when we arrived and they just seem to keep coming back! I also have artichokes growing in the ornamental garden (they are very architectural plants and look spectacular) as well as a dwarf peach (that currently is suffering a bit of leaf curl
I follow what I like to call a "Darwinian approach" to gardening - aka survival of the fittest. I'm just too busy to pamper my plants. My approach to pest control is to pull out any sick or infested plants, trap and squish slugs and snails (I have a dog so baiting is definitely out of the question) and if it's too much bother I just don't grow it. I don't use anything other than seasol or white oil type thing, keep my own compost, throw on the occasional load of sheep poo and added gypsum to break up our godawful clay. The soil is still what I like to call "developing" which means it's an absolute nightmare, but hey, it's growing things and it'll get better.
Best meal I ever had was a salad with my own lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot and peas tossed together with some nice fetta and a tin of tuna. Bliss!
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"
"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"