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sarasage

Hello there!

Hello!
I joined up quite a while ago but I've never actually posted anything... Embarassed
I'm in South Wales with my little family and a few pets. Constantly striving for a more simple life, off the mainstream path.
I have an allotment but having to give it up due to a lack of time and other things, so I'm turning my tiny garden into a veg patch/mini food forest.
We've been doing all the usual self-sufficient things - brewing wine, making soap, foraging, meals from scratch, sewing, crochet, knitting and so on - but I want to shift from these being less hobby and more essential to life... If you know what I mean?!
So I'm hoping that immersing myself in this community will help!
Hope that's ok?!
sean

Welcome aboard. Smile
dpack

hello

would an allotment share halve the time required and still give growing space for big stuff?
Rusticwood

Hello hello2
gz

Hi and welcome from Scotland Very Happy
Mistress Rose

Welcome. May I suggest you look very carefully at forest gardening because South Wales is not the sunniest place in the world, and although I am not an expert, my experience is that shade is the major problem.
sarasage

Hi everyone!

hello

would an allotment share halve the time required and still give growing space for big stuff?


I've shared with my mother previously and it wasn't the best situation! The site isn't lacking in plots so finding someone I get on with to share my plot would be very difficult!
I really would like to keep it on but unfortunately it's time to spare that's forcing me to give up.

(I may yet change my mind though!)
sarasage

Welcome. May I suggest you look very carefully at forest gardening because South Wales is not the sunniest place in the world, and although I am not an expert, my experience is that shade is the major problem.


Hi there. Of course I'm not intending to grow a forest garden such as the ones you see in Australia and other countries across the world. I couldn't grow banana trees, or mango, or avocado but South Wales isn't always in shade! Laughing
You'd grow native trees... Apple, pear, hazelnut, elder and so on as your tallest tree tier, with fruit bushes underneath them and then lower plants such as rhubarb and strawberries etc. And then there are the perennial plants like welsh onions, asparagus, kales, leeks, hablitzia tamnoides, oh I could go on!
I've got a lot of ideas but am pretty restricted sadly... Considering my garden is very, very small and North facing, I can but try at least!
Mistress Rose

Well I live in the sunny south of England, and I find shade is a major problem in my garden. We have trees in our neighbours garden to the south of us, and the north side of our garden is the only part that grows well. sgt.colon

Hello and welcome. Smile Nicky Colour it green

welcome Smile gregotyn

Welcome-I'm a bit late!
I am surprised you want to be more self sufficient and giving up the allotment. I would have got rid of all those other things before I would have given up an allotment. The brewing, soap making and so on are by the way-feeding oneself is the main thing and knowing what you are eating is more important. Self sufficiency is hard work; I grew about an acre of vegetables and fruit trees, and I hardly had any time for myself and the then wife-probably what drove us apart, she had no interest in gardening-we parted and I lost my dream at the time.
Anyway I hope you get to where you want to be and enjoy being among the like minded folks on this forum.
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