Barbecueing – a question of faith

The spring sun is still a bit cold, but that won’t keep the real barbecue fan from his favourite garden activity. The question, however, is not just which type of barbecue to use, i.e. charcoal, gas or electric, but also what to put on the grillage. Yet another problem to be solved – or maybe not?

The latest up-coming trend in Germany is veggie barbecueing. The thought of tofu on the grillage alone may turn the grill master’s stomach. Nevertheless, the VEBU (the German Vegetarian Association) is convinced that in the near future there will be more and more veggies stood by the barbecue armed with grill tongs. VEBU-manager Sebastian Zösch concludes: “The success of the vegetarian trade fair VeggieWorld in Wiesbaden shows that there is a rising interest in meatless products.” Although Germany is veggie-wise not yet as en vogue as the USA or Austria, vegetarians are on the march in bratwurst-land. “No matter whether the vegetarian products are made from tofu, soy, lupin flour or vegetables, people are curious about veggie barbecueing and they appreciate the wide product range,” adds Sebastian Zösch.

The grill manufacturers don’t really care what finally sizzles on their barbecues, because their barbies do it all well, be it meat, fish or even meatless titbits. But how about you? Do you care about what is on your grillage? What is your preferred food at a grill party? Have you ever tried meatless chicken, veggie burgers or skewers consisting of courgette, pepper and tofu? Let us know what you think about the German veggie trend and tell us, what type of barbecue you prefer, i.e. charcoal, gas or electric. We are curious to learn about the barbecue habits in your country.

Further Information: vebu.de

It may be small, but it’s mine – and it’s fun!

The majority of gardens in the UK are small, but nevertheless Britons are proud of their gardens and, by all means, their gardening skills.

The average size of a small garden is up to 2,000 square feet (200 square metres), which applies to 43 % of all gardens in the UK. Not more than 16 % are described as medium sized gardens (up to 4,000 square feet/400 square metres) and just 10 % of all British gardens are large or very large, with the latter exceeding the size of four tennis courts or 10,000 square feet (1,000 square metres). While the number of small to very large gardens did not change much over the past five years, there is a rising interest in allotments/communal gardens. Today, with 11 % of British gardens being communal gardens, there are more allotments than large gardens in the UK.

The older the gardeners become, the more knowledgeable they are of gardening. 49 % of the people in their late fifties/early sixties say that they are very good or quite good gardeners. But even more experienced gardeners are those older than 65 years, as 60 % of them claim to be really good at whatever they do in their gardens. Although the gardening skills may differ, there is one thing that all these gardeners have in common: They really enjoy what they’re doing! The number of people who don’t care for their gardens themselves matches the figure of large or very large gardens. Some 10 % leave the gardening to a professional gardener. Could this fact possibly indicate that, “The smaller the garden, the more fun”?