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Post  sarahmitzie on 5/20/2014, 3:07 pm

Hello from the middle of the UK. I'm Sarah.

I've had lots of problems with my health over the past few years, so much so that only last week I was rushed to hospital having nearly died. I will grant, it's given me a new perspective on life and I've decided to go ahead with an insanely outlandish idea that I had about a month ago.

In order to regain my health and my life I'm going to be following The Ration Book Diet, eating as I would have done during WW2. But, I'm not just going to eat that way, I'm going to try and live it too.

As part of my Dig for Victory campaign, I'm setting up a Victory Garden, granted, I'm using ANSFG but that's because I can do it in my own garden instead of an allotment 15 minutes drive away. As well a veggies, I'm planning on having fruit bushes and hoefully an apple tree or two.

If anyone is interested, I'm going to be blogging about this "experiment" here  thehomefrontexperiment.blogspot.com
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Post  VJ72584 on 5/20/2014, 11:12 pm

You will enjoy the garden and it gives you some exercise too. I could not have a garden I have to drive to. I enjoy just walking out there in the mornings to see what has changed. You can grow organic this way too.
Good luck on your first garden.  There is always help here with any problems.
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Post  walshevak on 5/20/2014, 11:31 pm

Depending on what limitations your health is placing on your gardening, you might want to investigate tabletop beds.  I have bad knees and back and can't get down to take care of an on-the-ground bed, but I have 10 tabletop beds that are 4x4x7" and sit on cinder blocks about waist high.  The veggies taste so good fresh from the garden and 2 beds are dedicated to strawberries.

This year I added raspberry and blueberry bushes to the yard.  They are in the yard not in beds, but I added MM to the transplant holes.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/21/2014, 7:58 am

Hi Sarah.  Welcome!

It will be interesting to watch your progress. 

My hubby & I also have some health issues and started this garden partially as a way to get ourselves to eat more veggies.  We'll have to compare notes.

I've found this group to be very supportive...
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Post  sarahmitzie on 5/21/2014, 2:33 pm

Absolutley, I'm writing a blog about my "experiment".

What are you planting? As well as veggies, I'm panning on growing some fruit - fan trained apples, sloes, tayberries, raspberries, balckberries and currant, raspberries and cranberries
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/22/2014, 8:53 am

Oh, let's see...

We've had blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, & pecans for years.

Lots of tomatoes & okra.  (Wasn't planning on this much okra, but the 4-cell I bought had over 40 seedlings in it...)

Lettuce, onions, beans (bush & pole), peas, watermelons, potatoes, luffa gourds, bottle gourds, honeydew, cantaloupe, carrots, beets, more watermelon, more beans, marigolds, borage, bee balm, basil, lemon thyme, peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, broccoli.

Want to do raspberries & blackberries next year along the property lines.  Also want to put in rhubarb, strawberries, perennial medicinal herbs.  Some of that will go in the new bed DH set up a couple of weeks ago.  Just haven't had time to work on it yet!
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