vegetable stock supply chain

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This is all theory being a man without a garden but I was wondering how much land would it take to grow all the vegetable stock I need for a year based on simple stock recipe in River Cottage Everyday.
I reckoned that roughly 6-7sq.m might do it but was wondering about the celery as I’ve heard it’s a bit of devil to grow. Then I remembered the old soup celery as it’s called here in Northern Ireland, or leaf celery you see in veg soup packets in Spar. So I’d probably try growing a patch of that and keeping a few bay trees.

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urban farming

I have been clearing out an old USB stick this morning and found a folder called urban farming with links to various things that at one time or other I’ve found interesting.

The Vegetable Gardeners of Havana

Organopónicos

Urban Homestead

Fallen Fruit

Your Backyard Farmer

Window Farms

Urban Farming

Spin Farming

Guerrilla Gardening

Green Roof Growers

Making a self watering container

walnut and radish leaf pesto

I’d been spending the last few weeks waiting for my radishes to mature when suddenly the thought hit me
‘Dave, you don’t actually like radishes do you?

Also I had planted them very thickly which meant that few had matured. So what was I to do?

Try making some radish pesto, that’s what.

I took about 50g of walnuts from the cupboard and toasted them,whizzed that with half a clove of garlic (I’ve gone off garlic a bit this week after a bout of sickness last week), blitzed that with about 35g of radish leaf, added some extra virgin olive oil in a stream to get a nice consistency, stirred in some Parmesan-esque Sainsbury Basics cheese, a bit of lemon juice and salt and pepper for seasoning.

I had it with pasta and it didn’t taste as bad as I first feared. It was definitely better than eating the radish itself.

Allotments?I’ll give you allotments!

According to the man up at the allotments there is a waiting list of 100 people waiting for an allotment.  Just over the hedge though there is a park of grass. Just grass and a tarmac path or two that nobody ever uses.

So why not just turn those into allotments as well?

The man at the allotment said it was because the council are useless, but I’ve just thought its because land is more valuable for building houses on than for charging an elderly men or a young family £40 a year for growing vegetables and flowers on. Perhaps I’m being a cynic.