Growing up in West Clare in the 1970s my grandparents had a fairly big back garden. However they didn't grow much variety of vegetables. I remember them growing potatoes, carrots and rhubarb. They might have grown a couple of other vegetables, but I don't have clear memories of them. As a teenager we used to pick fruit from orchards nearby and my mother used to make all sorts … [Read more...] about Growing my own Vegetables & Fruit is Wonderful
For the last couple of years I've had a couple of berry bushes that produce very small amounts of fruit. Not enough to do anything with. This year, however, I've got quite a few things planted that will hopefully produce fruit and vegetables in usable quantities. The first fruit to produce a crop was one of my strawberry plants that gave me enough decent sized … [Read more...] about The Satisfaction of Eating Your own Fruit
When a good opportunity presents itself you need to take advantage of it. After doing a bit of research I realised two things: Aldi's prices on fruit plants was significantly lower than anywhere else Aldi was only going to offer the fruit plant range for a few weeks So if I wanted to get any fruit plants at the aggressive price point that Aldi was offering I had to … [Read more...] about Attempting to Grow Some Fruit in the Garden
As I mentioned a while ago I've now got the beginnings of a herb garden. It's not fancy or complicated, but I intend to expand it over time. It's not like I don't have the space! I've also recently put myself on a low carb diet, so my eating habits have changed quite a bit. Which brings me to the subject of fruit. I can't really eat most fruits, as their sugar levels are … [Read more...] about Growing Herbs and Maybe Some Fruit
I've always been quite cynical about making New Year's resolutions, as I know all too well that most of us break them pretty quickly. This year, however, I've made a personal commitment to improving some aspects of my personal life. The most obvious one is my health. When I lived in Milan I walked a lot and I probably ate a lot better. Sure, I wasn't exactly watching every … [Read more...] about New Year Resolutions No More Breakfast Rolls!