What is the Hungry Gap?

What is the Hungry Gap?

Guy Singh-Watson of Riverford Organics is warning about the risks of Brexit-related disruptions to our food supply, timed to coincide with the ‘Hungry Gap’. He says “to be told by people who have no idea how their food is produced that this is...
Potato Pete in the 21st century

Potato Pete in the 21st century

During the Second World War, the British Isles were subjected to a Nazi naval blockade, the aim of which was to disrupt food imports and starve the British people into submission. Shipping, whatever it was carrying, had to get past the German U-boats before it could...
2019 Garden Plan

2019 Garden Plan

Last autumn I started thinking about what I wanted to grow this year, and I decided that – given the current Brexit situation – it might be wise to have a garden of more traditional crops, ones that we enjoy eating, and which would give us fresh food in...
Wartime Wednesday: Planting Garlic

Wartime Wednesday: Planting Garlic

After 3 weeks (2 ‘official’, 1 trial) living on a modern version of the wartime rations, Ryan and I are calling it a day. We’re not hungry, and we’re not bored with the food. What we’ve found is that we live within the ration of meat, fats and dairy...
The Onion Club

The Onion Club

When the weather was still warm and dry, I lifted my onion crop. According to last year’s records, I planted 60 onion sets in 6 rows of 10 on 12th September 2017. I left them outside to dry, but then the weather turned wetter and I had to bring them inside to...
Planning the 2019 garden

Planning the 2019 garden

In Keep Calm and Grow Your Own I was pondering the wisdom of stockpiling a few essentials in case Brexit causes some disruption to our (rather precarious) food supplies, but also thinking about what we could grow next year – to keep us fed in the (probably...