My name is Aaron Bertelsen, this is my third year of growing vegetables at Great Dixter, any advice you can give, I will be happy to receive. This blog will keep you up to date with what is happening in the vegetable garden. I really love the work, part of this is because of the feedback the public give, often it is men from the North who have grown vegetables for a very long time and can be a great help with crop problems. I grow a lot of the vegetables that Christopher grew because they like our soil, we are on a heavy clay that has had compost added to it for the past one hundred years, you could not get better soil year round.
I grew up on the West Coast of Auckland (New Zealand), we had one of those lifestyle blocks of land, there really is not a lot you can do with the land but play on it, my Grandfather used an acre of the land to grow vegetables and sell them to local families, his style was function over form as is mine now, as a child I enjoyed spending time with him, not sure I was a lot of use but I loved to eat what he grew and seeing what he was up to, I was also known to do things such as turn sprinklers on when he was near them etc.
I would just like to add that there are going to be both spelling and grammar mistakes on this blog, the point of this blog is a moment of time after a days work, letting you as the reader know what I did in the garden that day or the morning after, I will not use my time going over what I wrote, it is a blog after all.
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