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2009 Home Grown Vegie Challenge

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Having just purchased a new home in Euroa with a raised vegie plot in the back yard, I am looking forward to setting some spring vegetables when we arrive at the end of August.

Lasy year, Kieran Bennet set out a vegie patch as did I.  This year, I want to challenge my fellow bloggers to joining the worldwide movement to grow as much of our own food as is possible.

If it is good enough for The Queen and Brack O’Bama, it should be good enough for the rest of us.

Queen turns backyard into allotment

Decades after she dug for victory, Queen Elizabeth gives the royal seal of approval to the grow-your-own movement

For the first time since the war, fruit and vegetables are to be found in an allotment-sized plot in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

The first harvest – a selection of Cambridge Favourite strawberries – was served to the Queen and Prince Philip, on his 88th birthday last week.

She is not the first head of state to highlight frugality in these cash-strapped times. Barack Obama has put his wife in charge of a White House herb and vegetable patch, though the Queen’s plans are said to have been devised long before the president’s inauguration.

Challenging Prince Charles in the eco-stakes, chemicals have been banned. Liquid seaweed is being used to feed the plants and garlic to deter aphids. Mulch from the palace compost heap was used to bed in and the palace borehole will irrigate the crops.

Any weeds will be burned by a machine using the same liquefied petroleum gas that powers Prince Philip’s taxi, which he has used for decades to drive himself anonymously around the capital.


Written by Greg Naylor

16 June 2009 at 12:00 am

Posted in PERSONAL

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  1. If it is good enough for The Queen and Brack O’Bama, it should be good enough for the rest of us.

    I can just picture the Queen & the President up to their elbows in chicken shit, Greg.

    Btw, congrats on the home purchase. Good to see you’re not moving too far away. What will you call your Euroa blog? How about Euroblog? Sounds trendy.

    Ray Dixon

    16 June 2009 at 12:26 am

  2. That’s all very well, Greg, but where will we get the water for that?


    16 June 2009 at 7:25 am

    • Greg’s hooking up a recycling system – straight from his toilet to the vegie patch. Adds to the nutrients.

      Ray Dixon

      16 June 2009 at 2:06 pm

  3. Makes sense. Whatever he harvests and consumes will end up the same anyway.


    16 June 2009 at 3:09 pm

    • I hear the Queen is recycling her sewage onto the Royal vegie patch too. Obama’s not – he thinks his sh*t doesn’t stink.

      Ray Dixon

      16 June 2009 at 7:39 pm

  4. Ray, you might want to add the word enough on the end of that sentence.


    17 June 2009 at 12:33 pm

    • Kevin Rudd’s got a vegie patch too. He’s got a new head gardener to look after it – let’s call him Peter – and he reckons this bloke will be able to fertilise the thing all by himself.

      Ray Dixon

      17 June 2009 at 3:13 pm

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