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    any of your own foodstuff? if so what do you grow?

    every summer i do totatoes and corgettes, going to try runner beans this year as well. i have a small herb garden and we have some fruit trees although they are still young and havnt started producing yet, maybe next year they will.

    we also have 6 chickens which has been great to get our own eggs - the latest weather has slowed the egg production down though which is a bit annoying LOL

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    How fab to have your own chickens!

    We grow herbs and that's about it. Both my parents and DH's parents grow veg so we end up with that which is great - if we grew our own too we'd need another freezer!

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    thats great you get stuff off both sets of parents! I would love to section part of the garden off for veggies - we are lucky and have about 3/4 an acre, however DH has been resisting doing this as he thinks it will be too much for me ( with everything else i have on lol) so what Ive been doing is each year ive been growing one or 2 more things and eventually there will be a veggie garden appear LOL.

    I love the chickens! we got them last July and I love them! they are really easy to care for and eat all our scraps ( less bin space to waste - as we pay for refuse pick up) and they get through one big bag of food every 2 months ( bag is €11). They all have names ( kebab, nugget, jalfreizi, muppet, donut and Ziva) and have become like family pets lol. when we were getting 4-5 eggs a day just before the bad weather i was able to sell the extra eggs to friends which was fantastic.

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    I used to have a veg patch with a friend, 12x15 m, and we grew everything!! It gave enough food for the 2 of us for the whole year and plenty to share.

    Now that I'm living in a northfacing apartment in Brussels, I kill even the indoor plants, so not much chance of a herb box or something similar either.

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    LOVE the chicken names, lol.

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    we have moved onto 5 acres so we are going to garden this year. I also have chickens, i have 5 laying right now and another 30 hens that will start laying by summer! I also raise rabbits for meat!

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    I love the names, hahah.

    I am growing Cilantro right now, and that is all.
    I would really be interested in understanding more about how allotments work here. Anyone know?

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    I think to get an allotment you can contact your local council - have a look on their website for who you have to contact. I know in some high demand places there are huuuuge waiting lists.

    There was also that other thing on the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall show where people are basically "borrowing" other people's gardens to grow veg. Landshare -

    http://www.landshare.net/

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    my mum used to have an allotment and my bro did a few years ago but had to give it up because of the time, like Britbunny said There can be a waiting list - i think they are a fabulous idea though!

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    I've never grown anything before but decided to try and grow some fruit and veg in pots this year. Going to get some seeds from Lidl today which are 29p a packet. I want to grow things that can be expensive like peppers, courgettes, cucumber, spring onion etc. I bought a reduced price raspberry bush last year, hopefully that will produce some fruit this year.

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    The gardening section on the bbc website has lots of information and links to (allotment) gardening. I used to love watching Gardener's World on Friday evening, but our Belgian tv provider does not transmit bbc1 and bbc2 :-(((

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