Miri Mieri – the Value of Diversity

We hear on the news that tonnes of food crops in the UK are ruined by the flooding. A grower in the East of England has 5,000 acres of ripe peas, in something resembling a paddy-field. If they aren’t harvested within a few hours of ripening, they will all be wasted.

Miri Mieri is having its share of weather catastrophes, but when you grow a wide range of food-plants, there’s a good chance that you will come out of it with something. Seeds are relatively inexpensive (or free if you save your own or come to our seed-swaps), so it’s wise to sow little and often, and spread the risk. You may lose the broccoli to birds, but you’ll still have kale. Caterpillars may devastate the cabbages, but the caulis survive. Slugs munch all the pumpkins, but the courgettes are spared. The birds pinch the currants, but if you’re canny, you’ll get some.

On a small scale, you can pick your strawberries just before they become attractive to the pests, and let them ripen on the window-sill. They will taste so much better than Spanish imports that have to stay rock-hard to survive their plane journey. Join us at Miri Mieri family garden near Llantonian Hall on Saturdays 11 – 1, weather permitting. For more info see transitionllantwit.wordpress.com or ring 07804 624795.

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