The Mud Workout ®

IMG-20131228-00704Listen up peeps: it’s the new craze. Too much stuffing, mince pies and Christmas pud over the last few days? Feeling sluggish and bloated? Then why not try the fantastic NEW workout! Forget strict diets and cake denial: simply take an old garden fork, and try digging up the last of your root vegetables from a low-lying veg patch after a month’s worth of rain has fallen in a couple of days!

IMG-20131228-00705Yes, by simply digging out carrots (Amsterdam forcing varieties are preferable, so the roots are really long and thin, and need extra digging depth), as well as parsnips that you can’t see the tops of in the flooded mud, your quads, calves and hamstrings will soon be in tip-tip shape! Your boots will get stuck in the mud/quicksand, so you’ll have no choice but to strain every sinew to pull your feet free – every few seconds! For an hour! Not to mention your core muscles too, as you constantly bend over to pick up the veg and scrape the soggy mud off! And let’s not forget those biceps and triceps as you pick up your mud-clogged baskets and try to carry it back from the field!

So grab another piece of Christmas cake to give you some energy, and try the Mud Workout ® today! Happy Christmas!

All Set For Christmas

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Snazzy tablecloth courtesty of Alice the hula hoop lady sharing my stall

Phew, I can finally draw a breath. The end of this year has been weirdly and unexpectedly busy: a combination of having more crops for longer (hurrah!) and lots of events on too (Rome trips, Soil Symposiums…). The Christmas Market at Hartley went very well the other week: it was great to chat to so many people about veg, food and life generally; as well as share the excitement of discovering that salad doesn’t just mean tasteless iceberg lettuce. The salad leaf tasters always go down well; especially when paired with the yummy Fussels dressings, oils and sauces on the next stall (try the Watercress dressing with claytonia: yum!).

This week I’ve still been picking salad, celery, parsnips, chervil, leeks, beetroot, PSB, green sprouting broccoli, cabbage and kale: there should be enough parsnips to keep my customers happy until just after Christmas, then it’ll be salady things and the odd cabbage or kale bag until spring. It’s great: I can almost see the home straight for Christmas, and am looking forward to a few days off to sleep, eat, play games, and eat. And drink. And eat. Woohoo!

The Perfect Christmas Gift

GFP FC 21Yes indeed: Gardening For Profit: From Home Plot to Market Garden (Green Books, £9.99) is the perfect Christmas present for anyone thinking about starting their own market garden business! As well as detailed chapters on how to get started and find land and funding, plus what kind of business to consider (private, co-operative, CSA etc), the book is also crammed full with up-to-date info and tips on doing all the paperwork, legal options and tax, plus guides on how to invoice, start marketing, what to specialise in, what to grow – and when; and also an extensive Resources section with all the contacts you’ll need to get going and growing! Perfect for all food or gardening enthusiasts, as well as anyone thinking about starting up any small business – in fact, perfect for anyone who can read. Buy it now!