Posts Tagged ‘avoid supermarkets

Green Fingers?

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Around a year ago I blogged about boycotting supermarkets and trying to buy only fresh local produce.  This was actually easier said than done in London, however, now that I am back in the wilderness of Essex (well, Leigh on Sea!) it is easier to put my plan into action.

Leigh on Sea has a whole plethora of local shops and businesses such as cafes, green grocers, bakers and butchers, with freshly caught fish and seafood available from the harbour at Old Leigh. So I think it really will be possible to get by without lining the pockets of the major supermarket chains.  (And to support my local community at the same time).

And also, because I now have a small garden, I have no excuse not to try and grow some of my own fruit and veg as well.

Now, I am not a naturally green fingered person at all.  Although I have  already successfully started a window ledge herb garden, unfortunately I also have the uncanny ability to kill some of the hardiest plants known to man.  Such as bamboo – something that I thought that was near impossible.

However, I am not deterred by my plant killing abilities, my ignorance when it comes to gardening, nor the fact that the back garden is actually a courtyard with only a soil border around the edge.

I have the tools that I need:

  • A trowel
  • A bag of compost
  • A compost bin (being picked up in a few days from garden centre)
  • A mini greenhouse (ditto)
  • Seeds of the tomato, the cucumber, the carrot, the strawberry, and the red onion to get started.

All I need to do now is seek the knowledge that I need!

I’ll keep this blog updated with my progress…

Written by Lores

February 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm

My Big Shopping Experiment: Can I avoid supermarkets and chain stores?

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basket1A while ago I blogged about our reliance on supermarkets, and how we should be buying locally and supporting our local economies.

I am a local shopper, where I can be.  But like many others, I nip into the odd supermarket for essentials when pressed for time.  Yes…it really is convenient. 

However, shopping locally does more than just supporting your local economy and high street.  I won’t repeat my original blog post here – but click here if you want to read what I think on the matter.

Time therefore, for me to practice what I preach, and so for the next week I am going to see if I am able to purchase all that I need from local shops and market stalls and totally avoid supermarkets and chain-stores.

I will then record how much I spend here on this very blog and see if it is possible to live frugally without relying on buying from supermarkets.

Written by Lores

April 17, 2009 at 10:42 am