Sunday, 26 April 2009
Land and Freedom
Not since the days of the wartime Dig For Victory campaign has vegetable growing been so popular. A day never passes without a TV programme, a special pull out supplement, book launch or whatever on the wonders of simply growing a bit of veg. The waiting list for allotments tops the hundred thousand mark and if you don't want to get into something quite as ambitious as an allotment there seems to be no shortage of advice on producing fruit and veg in everything from the backyard to the bath.
For myself, I started growing veg as a back to the land anarcho-hippy in 1970. A cottage and three acres, BIT crash pad, a few goats, flogging Freedom and Black Flag to bemused shoppers on Saturdays. We produced a lot of food, smoked industrial quantities of dope and hoped to change the world. Well I'm still growing veg, and still have that hope - on a good day.