Saturday, 19 July 2014

My Organic Garden in June

My Garden in June

I love to grow herbs and vegetables in my garden. I encourage others to do the same - it is healthy, and also it helps to break away from big agri-business. Increasingly, giant companies like Monsanto and Syngenta control us via food. As a consequence, the bees are dying, and we are becoming fat and unhealthy through a dependency on mass produced fake food.

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Feed the bees with flowers.

Nowadays I only buy heirloom seeds, that is, natural seeds that are not genetically modified, or FI hybrids. Heirloom seeds produce fertile seeds that you can keep to plant the following year, like these mangetout peas:

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Sweet Pepper

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Courgette (zucchini)

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Butternut squash

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Winter squash

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Romaine lettuce

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Purslane, rocket & cutting celery for salads

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Cats snuggling under the blackcurrants

I have many herbs, for cooking, healing, and for feeding the bees. The queen of all herbs in my garden is sage, and the bees love the flowers:

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Thyme, chives & oregano

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Lavender & bay

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Lady's mantle

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Herb Robert, valerian & blackcurrant sage

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Flat leafed parsley

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Curly parsley

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Coltsfoot. (The pot contains campanula & forget-me-nots)

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Feverfew, lemon balm & vervain

This lovely fern has grown in this dark, damp corner of its own accord. This is my feng shui health corner, so I take it as a good sign. But look back there at the rhubarb - it is spindly, which probably means it needs to be divided:

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Always leave a wild bit at the bottom of the garden, so the fairies and foxes can visit you ;)

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