100 Days.

Question, Can you eat almost 100% only what you can grow or forage here in the cold Black Mountains of Wales?

I recently saw a YouTube video of a man called Rob Greenfield who was only eating what he could grow and forage for a whole year! Wow I thought impressive. Hmmm. He lives in Florida. He is foraging coconuts, bananas, passion fruit and that’s just for starters! A bit different to here where you’re lucky to find dandelion leaves and some nettles! Also he is living on his own, not with a bunch of people eating only what the forage from Tesco and the pantry! But it made me ask the question,

Could I live on eating only what I can grow or forage here, whilst still working in my part time job ( in a chipshop!!!) and being full time mum, wife, taxi driver, cook, agony aunt, etc etc ( if you have kids you’ll understand).

I’ve decided to give it a go and just see how I get on. I quickly went against the whole year timescale, but thought a month a bit short, so came up with 100 days. As I’m not in Florida and to give myself a sporting chance I’m letting myself have sugar, that way I can make the most of things like rhubarb and gooseberries. I eat a plant based /vegan diet so unlike Rob I won’t be indulging in fish, squirrels or the like!

I have to say everyone thinks I’m a bit mad and doomed to failure! But I’m quite excited! Hopefully at the very least it might help me shift some of my very unwanted pounds – maybe I’m on to something- the dandelion leaf diet!

One last rule I’ve allowed myself is that I can drink water from anywhere. My water here at home is from the mountains and tastes amazing and I usually take a bottle with me. But with summer here and it gets very hot at work behind the fryers I’m not dehydrating for anyone!

So here’s to 100 days of good/ interesting food with no packaging or E numbers! Hopefully Rob will be proud.

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Polytunnel blues

I really have no idea what happens in my polytunnel over the winter! It just gets trashed! It looks awful, old plants and rubbish everywhere and you can hardly see out of the plastic. Every year I weed it, clean it out and wash it. However this year I’m taking more drastic action. The tunnel wasn’t overly productive this year and I have an incredibly bad weed problem that I can’t control. So I’ve decided to dig out all the soil from all the raised beds and start again. Well so far after 3 hours solid digging and at least 15 large wheelbarrows full of earth I’ve done half the tunnel! Yayee! The other half will have to wait a few days until my body has recovered! Tom and Barbara would be proud. ( showing my age here). I pulled the old earth up by my plum  tree and the birds had a great time pecking through. Unfortunately they were camera shy.

My poor body is aching a bit as earlier in the week the moon had said it was a good time to spread compost over the veg beds, so I did some of that as well. Hopefully this self sufficiency life will keep me fit for free!