Sowing has begun Plus News on a Monsanto Report

This week we started to plant some of our seeds directly into the allotment.  I set too and planted two rows of Parsnips I like to plant them about 3 inches apart.. ( Sorry I still work in inches rather than Cms..)  Which is approximately 8 cms apart. 

Here are two drill lines and the seeds are parsnips

These will not be touched until they get large enough to see them clearly as I will weed in between them.. We covered with a cloche to keep the ground a bit warmer.  And watered them in once they were covered with more earth. 



I also set two rows of Beetroot  a row of Peas,  I say one row of peas but these I set in rows of 3  close together  ..  I didn’t take a photo of them..  but  using the above picture as a template. I would have planted an extra row in the middle with the peas.. Information on how to plant Peas can be found Here  should you need it.  when they start coming through I will find sticks for them to climb up. 

Here you see a cloche over the peas I set, and behind you can just make out the 3 mounds of earth where the early potatoes are now in.

My hubby dug three trenches and filled them with manure which we had plenty left over which are stored in the bins now behind the sheds and put in our early potatoes. These are Arran Pilot  and are a popular choice for early crop new potatoes .. 


Last Autumn, I set some Lettuce seeds, and these are just coming along nicely, I also set some pick and mix lettuce, these you can see have gone to seed with the yellow flower heads.. But these few should make lovely little lettuce heads. 



Most of you know we do not use any chemicals, herbicides etc on  our produce, preferring to let nature take her course. I do mix up a garlic spray, and this has proved effective with black fly.. So my next piece of information shared I hope you will follow the link for. 

Why? well, it’s what is going into our food.. And what is a worry is that some of the pesticides which have been banned through the EU may well be given licence to be used on crops within the growing of our food again in the future..

So this important report on Monsanto and what levels of chemicals are within our foods we especially give our children, is alarming!..

This was shared on Health Nut News ,  and is entitled ~Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared!  I hope you go and look at the list of foods and share it with everyone you know in the orange Link above .

 A quotation below from this site says :~

Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared! | Health Nut News

Share this shocking new report with everyone you know….

A FDA-registered food safety laboratory tested iconic American food for residues of the weed killer glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and found ALARMING amounts.

Just to give you an idea of how outrageous these amounts are, independent research shows that probable harm to human health begins at really low levels of exposure – at only 0.1 ppb of glyphosate. Many foods were found to have over 1,000 times this amount! Well above what regulators throughout the world consider “safe”.

The list includes Cornflakes, Cheerios, Special K, Ritz crackers, and loads loads more..  The research is significant, and this chemical is known by the W.H.O. World Health Organisation to produce Cancer  cells. Its alarming given the amount now of Cancers occurring in young children .. So Please do yourselves a favour and go check out the list.. Especially if you live in the USA.  

Now you see why I dislike using Chemicals on foods ..

Happy Sowing My friends

And Sorry I have been absent here for a while.. 



EU – Protect our health and environment from Monsanto!

Dear friends, this came into my email the other day and I only just spotted it.. If you can please Sign and pass along the deadline is now only 3 days away..

We do not use any sort of sprays in our garden only garlic  which we make up ourselves..
 We and our Earth needs protecting from these toxins..
Many thanks for reading.. Sue

Update. Avaaz and its petition signed by over two million people have stopped Monsanto!.

Read How they did it HERE

This toxic weedkiller is sprayed everywhere. Without us knowing we are exposed, but it probably causes cancer, and finally we have a chance to ban it. The vote is in six days! Sign now — let’s get this poison off our shelves.

Sign the petition

Dear friends,

A toxic weed-killer that probably causes cancer is so common that studies have found it in our blood, but we have we no idea when we are exposed to it.

Now, for the first time ever, glyphosate could be banned — THANKS TO OUR MASSIVE CAMPAIGNING!!

For a year Monsanto has lobbied Europe to re-approve this poison, and Avaazers have blocked every time. Now it’s being brought to a final vote, and the chemical giants are pulling out all the stops.

But our public campaigning is beating them out, and we have an extraordinary, against the odds, chance to win.

We have just five days! Sign the urgent petition now — if we all raise our voices we could get this poison off our shelves. Each signature counts — our numbers will be shown on an LED screen right outside the meeting:

We’re all at risk. And it’s not just a threat to our health, chemical-driven industrial agriculture produces a third of greenhouse gases, and destroys ecosystems that sustain life on Earth. The sooner we phase out glyphosate the better. If we rise to this moment, our movement will be playing a key role in one of the key battles of our time.

Relicensing glyphosate was supposed to be a formality and decided behind closed doors, but our massive petition, tens of thousands of phone calls, emails and tweets to EU government officials, and protests have made the impossible possible. Now it’s crunch time!

But we are up against one of the most powerful companies in the world. Glyphosate is the chemical cornerstone of Monsanto’s empire, and it brings in billions per year. That’s why it’s going to take all of us to make sure the decision makers see unprecedented numbers demanding precaution before profits. Join now and spread the word:

If we win in Europe — we are not only setting a course away from glyphosate globally, we are challenging the absurd system by which these chemicals are approved, and dealing a critical blow to the corporate capture of our democracies. With this we will begin to change the future of our food all over the world. This is our moment to turn the tide — let’s do it!

In determination and hope,

Bert, Pascal, Alice, Lisa, Camille, Luca, Antonia and the whole Avaaz team


European commission plans to relicense ‘carcinogenic’ weedkiller (The Guardian)

Two-thirds of Europeans support ban on glyphosate, says Yougov poll (The Guardian)

European Parliament votes to ban most uses of glyphosate (The Ecologist)

EU to propose shorter glyphosate license renewal: sources (Reuters)

EU states rebel against plans to relicense weedkiller glyphosate (The Guardian)