Hello. Welcome to our first blog—ever! We're not usually folk for writing much on the internet but we sure do have a lot to say about how we grow vegetables and why.
About 18 years ago Alan and I caught the Self Sufficiency bug. At the time we were living in a first floor tenement flat in Edinburgh with no garden. Individually we'd both 'grown our own' before in outside plots, but this had to be window sills and window boxes until we could get something better. We applied for an allotment, deciding on the 1-2 year wait for a plot nearly 10 miles away over the much closer plot with the longer 6-7 year wait.
By September 2000 we were harvesting our first Desiree potatoes, the size of which we had never seen the like before (or since). The allotment had been unused for a few years and we'd had to spend time clearing the land before we could plant. I think the Secretary of the Allotment Committee felt sorry for us because she gave us all the seed tatties we needed that year—her leftovers after she'd finished planting. We've not looked back since. We still grow Desiree, they are one of our favourites for flavour and all round yumminess, chips, mash, baked and just plain boiled.
We requested, and got, an allotment closer to our side of Edinburgh. Yet another disused plot that was in need of clearing. Then we wanted more space, so took on a second. Yes you guessed it, unused and desperately needing to be cleared. If anything it was the worst of the lot. Knee high, wall to wall mares-tails and the old guys at the allotment saying 'you'll never grow anything on that', 'you'll need dose them with round up' or, after suspiciously eyeing the huge pile of seaweed (gathered from East Lothian beaches), 'you'll be organic then'. All of it meaning 'daft hippies you'll not last long'. Well, we worked those allotments for a good five years, every free hour we had between working full time and looking after children.