Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Good Life - Surbiton meets Clarkston

For those of you old enough to remember, The Good Life was a sitcom that aired in the mid 1970's. Tom Good, upon reaching his 40th birthday and fed up with his regular working life, decides to give up his job and with the help of his wife Barbara adopts a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle.

Maybe Tom's actions were a little drastic but as the cost of everyday groceries continue to rise, almost on a weekly basis, perhaps The Good Life isn't such a crazy idea?

So over the weekend me and Nicola spent some time getting the garden tidied up, before heading out to the local garden centres to see what fruit and vegetables we might be able to buy and grow. However as for The Good Life, I draw the line at keeping livestock.

Tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, peppers, chillies, potatoes and strawberries have made the list so far. My greenhouse is built, the potatoes and strawberries have been planted and tomorrow after work I'll get the other vegetables settles into their new home.

I already have a small herb garden growing with oregano, mint, lemon thyme and regular thyme, and I will be adding coriander, basil, flat leaf parsley and chives.

Hopefully all of my plants take to their new surrounds and produce plenty of fresh fruit, herbs and vegetable over the coming months. I like the idea of being able to cook tasty dishes with the fruits (and veg) of my labours.

I'll keep you up to date on the progress of my garden project, let me know if you grow any of your own fruit and vegetable too. I'd be interested to hear how you've gotten on with your own efforts, as well as any suggestion on anything else that I could be introducing to my own garden.




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