Don't think this is as severe as "survival", only time will tell. I have been tinkering around now for a few years with growing my own fruit and
veg, with varying degrees of success.
Having read several articles and watched programmes on the subject of mineral deficiency in fruit and veg since the last world war, I have decided to
take the plunge and go for it myself.
See a few reports below on the subject:
I know there is nothing new in what I am saying, just another guy deciding to grow his own, but having done a few sums, if you have a small family, it
is, in my opinion a no brainer. The outlay may not be easy to find, granted, I have sold my wife's old car to finance it!
I reckon I will recoup my costs within 18 months and then be saving on costs of weekly shops and in the bargain eating much more healthily.
I am going for a Polytunnel, (weather here in Ireland can be a bit iffy at times), with raised beds inside and a few more outside for hardier
Having invested in a Polytunel guide book, (I run a bookshop so that helped), it is realistic for me to grow produce all year round, although limited
varieties in the head of winter time.
Even the cost of compost and plant food can be vastly reduced over time if you compost heap yourself and go get seaweed from the beaches to make your
own food, mixed with tea bags and stuff.
The main reason for my post is a couple of reasons:
1. Have you ever considered doing anything similar?
2. Are you doing a similar thing? How is it working out? Any tips please!
I am by no means a gardener, but think it is one way that I can address my financial situation, my (and the families) potential health situation, and
even do my bit for helping local neighbours (if I am successful)
Just need to find a supplier of non GM seeds.....
What do you think?