We have now started planting up our Far Side allotment. This is the first time it has been used for a number of decades and it is to be used mainly for fruit growing. However we are putting some vegetables on this site (our small allotment at Marley Hill will be our main vegetable growing site). We had already planted shallots and garlic and then realised we had lots more space to fill. So we bought more shallots (Mikor) and garlic (Cristo) on Wednesday and have already planted them.
Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on www.youtube.com/jonathanwallace.