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Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Food Revolution Is Still On!

Welcome back! As all of you who have 'followed' and subscribed to this blog, may have noticed, i 'took a leave of absence' from August last year. I am now back with a new and better looking blog and new blog name; 'The Gardening Apprentice'.

My absence was mainly due to being busy making a living in these austere times. I am now in the process of moving from the city to the countryside, which i can hardly wait for.

It will be a dream come true for me to live closer to nature. somewhere peaceful and quiet, where  i can grow my own organic food, go foraging in the forest and fish in the ocean.

Last year was the first time i attempted to grow my own food and although it didn't turn out any bumper crop to boast about, i took great delight in clearing space, tilling soil, sowing, growing, getting my hands dirty and working in the outdoors (come rain, or shine), developing muscles and getting fit (no need for a gym-membership for me, thank you very much!).

I grew salad leaves, spring onions, asparagus (sadly, only one saw the light of day), red peppers (not successful), peppermint, coriander, strawberries, Eucalyptus, Echinacea, Foxglove and three different types of lavender and am now looking forward to start growing more substantial food, like potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes and cucumber and more this year.

My uprooting has a bit of a sad aspect to it - i will have to say farewell to all my new friends; a nutty family of squirrels, a couple of black birds, a few pigeons, a family of blue tits, and two robins (which is not normal occurrence, apparently, normally there would only be one robin per garden, which i can believe - they are fiercely territorial).

The two robins are my closest friends (amongst my 'garden friends') and i have named one of them Redshield (Rothschild), due to his red chest. He has even got a masonic ladder where he perches on top of, while tweeting away the goings-on of the day ...

Sometimes he follows me and it has happened the curiosity has gotten the better of him and he has flown into my house through an open window, all excited, flying around, until he hits a wall and poops on impact ... and i have to clean up his mess.

Nevertheless, i will miss him and will continue to feed the birds and animals in his honor in my new garden. It is great to reconnect with nature!

Until then, keep sowing those non GMO seeds and making those 'seed bombs'! The food revolution is still on!

New posts coming soon!

The Gardening Apprentice


  1. You will get yourself a new Robin as soon as you start digging... don't worry about that! You are on his territory so you are one of his resources after all!

  2. I moved into my new place in Suffolk in September 2011. I don't have much cash and the land and house are in a poor state. I am starting from scratch again... again. To help me I have my experiences of previous start ups including two 2 acre holdings in Ireland. On the downside I am the oldest and most decrepit that I have ever been! I have made a little progress over the winter months but the real work begins around now. I am setting up a blog on my website www.Icansaveyourlife.co.uk to share my experiences and the things I have learned by trial and error over the years so that other people do not have to suffer the "error" part of this process! please feel free to visit.