Food

Food growing is a major part of permaculture. The art of it is to get maximum yield from minimum effort.

carrots

No dig gardening is a great way of reducing the work load for food production. This involves mulching the surface of the soil to protect it from the weather, conserve moisture, and prevent weed growth, while feeding the soil life which makes it so fertile.    

                                                                                               

Look at the surface plant growth on our planet as the Earth's skin. Ploughing and digging it up is akin to peeling its skin off. If we are going to do that at all (weed removal for food growth) the least we can do is put a plaster on it (in the form of a mulch) to prevent more damage occuring.  

mulch

Shallots mulched with grass cuttings

At Harpsbridge House we practise no dig and organic gardening, and also experiment with different methods. We manage to grow about 90% of the fruit and veg eaten by a family of 4 and this figure is improving every year.

Have a look in the  monthly garden galleries and the 'In the Garden' page for details of what is possible and projects being run by MPIG.

Time 

A question often asked about growing your own is how long does it take?To try and answer this, MPIG members are going to keep a log for a whole year of time spent in the garden working on food production for a family of four. Check out the Garden Log page to see progress. 

Stuff We Can't Grow

There are things that we do not grow at Harpsbridge House like flour, sugar, and other dry products and for these items we get home delivery. But not Tescos or Asda, we get a delivery every two or three months from SUMA, a wholefood COOP with a great ethical and environmental policy. They deliver in our area weekly and we can put our order in over the internet on the Friday and it be here on the Monday. It is a wholesalers and only allow us to have an account because we are a registered small holding but other people in the area do ask us to order things.