We love potatoes!
Steamed, baked, crispy roasted,
Oven chipped or mashed and toasted,
Now that we have grown our own
In muddy plot, quite overgrown,
We get excited, dig deep down
And pull our food out of the ground.
Remember we decided to grow our own apple trees from seed?
Travel back in time to February 2014 to see how our apple trees began 🙂
They dropped all their leaves in the winter (we actually thought one of them had died and were going to plant something else in the pot) but then spring came and they came back with gusto! They’ve got beautiful new leaves and strong woody stems. Look at them now:
And here’s some new babies we’ve just got started (there are so many apples in our future 😀 ):
Remember when we had a go at growing our own apple trees from seed? (They’re still going strong by the way). Well, I’ve just come across this brilliant site which shows you, step by step, how to grow all sorts of different trees from seeds you’ve collected yourself!
I can’t wait to have a go!
It just makes you want to plant stuff!
Prompted by our new and exciting interest in growing our food we’ve found something garden-related for you to enjoy 🙂
And if, after that, you’re feeling inspired, as we are, to indulge in some forest gardening, take a look at this gem of a blog I found yesterday – Of Plums and Pignuts – it’s choc full of inspiration. This post in particular gives you that “anything’s possible” excitement that makes you want to just get out there and do it! 😉
One day we caught the bus into the city and on the way, in the middle of nowhere, the bus stopped to pick someone up. Right next to the bus stop, on the wide grass verge, was a large apple tree. It was full of apples. An apple tree, in the middle of nowhere, by a bus stop, apparently not belonging to anyone. Free apples for anyone who chose to help themselves.
“How brilliant!” we thought. We should all plant fruit and nut trees at every opportunity, and provide free food for foragers. Food that will keep being produced year after year without any help from us.
So, we looked up how to grow an apple tree from seed (turns out there’s seed drying, seed damp-wrapping and seed cooling to be done, plus some weeks of waiting) and began 🙂
It’s very exciting to watch them grow 😀
According to wikihow these trees, grown from seed, will be big (so we’ll have to carefully consider where we plant them) and it will probably be 10 years before they produce any fruit – but so what? We’re planting for the future, and that’s very cool! It doesn’t cost us anything and it’s a very positive thing to do. Why don’t you have a go? Here’s how
Fancy growing other types of tree from seeds you’ve collected? No problem – just look at this brilliant web page
Look here to see how our little apple trees are doing 14 months later 🙂
And look at them now – after 2 and a quarter years 😀
And the year after that! (2017)
And in 2019!