What's rock'n'roll about gardening? Probably nothing and in fact Jeff Pocaro from Toto died after spraying insecticide in his garden back in '92, so it obviously didn't agree with his rock'n'roll lifestyle. Luckily for me, I don't use insecticides, ha ha. Gardening, well to be specific, growing food crops, for me is hugely satisfying. It's something where there is always something to learn and the more you put in, the more you get out. Initially I started out wanting to be totally self-sufficient, ie never have to buy vegetables again. Having a regular job-type-job, I soon found out that I didn't have the time for this to be possible and I've reduced my plot over the last few years. Basically I found that it was starting to be a pain in the arse instead of being a positive, therapeutic endeavour. Better to just do what is manageable. Does it save you money? I hear you ask. It possibly could if you inherited a backyard with fertile soil and had been taught to garden by your parents and had perfected it over the years so you could just swoop in and start growing excellent crops from the get-go. Being without either of these things, I had to buy probably about 8 cubic metres of compost, a couple of cubic metres of manure and then spend at least the first couple of years fucking things up. Then add to this purchasing netting to keep the birds off the crops, fencing material to keep the dog out, stuff to water with, seeds, fruit trees...it all adds up. I've made a few things with shit that I found in the backyard which I'll tell ya about in another post. After 6 or 7 years of trying to grow food, I'd say that I haven't broken even yet. I do know that what we eat from the backyard has no pesticides on it. I know that it wasn't driven or flown from the other side of the country or the other side of the world to get here. I know that it doesn't taste like shit, like half the crap you buy in the shops. Even alot of organic stuff from the shops can't compare to something grown and ripened in your own backyard. Hey, I'm not the first one to say this stuff and this intro has gone on way longer than I wanted it to. Suffice to say, I love rock'n'roll, and home grown pumpkins...