Growing your own food in your garden is a cheap and easy process that should only take a weekend of your attention to get the foundations laid and seeds planted.
The most popular and easiest vegetables to grow in your back garden include carrots, potatoes, salad leaves, tomatoes and beetroot. Fruit wise, stick to strawberries, blackberries, apples and rhubarb, while enjoying an endless supply of herbs such as mint, tarragon, thyme and rosemary.
There are many benefits to growing your own food in your garden that will help you see why the maintenance of your food patch is all worth it. Such as:
You’ll get your 5-a-day
Lots of busy parents and working professionals realise that half way through putting together their ‘meat and two veg dinner’, that they don’t have any vegetables in the house. So, they make do with filling themselves up on a bigger meat portion and carbs. Growing your own food in your back garden means you’ll always have the produce at hand for a balanced and filling meal.
The kids will get involved
Trying to get little ones to eat more fruit and veg can be a battle itself sometimes. Growing your own food in the garden means you can involve them in the whole process. Therefore. they’re more likely to want to taste the end result.
Have them water the patches, plant new seeds and pick them before each meal!
It’s good exercise
Growing your own food can almost be a mini workout with all the planting, weeding, watering and picking it involves. Just make sure you lift properly and stretch before any strenuous activity.
It can also help you relax, destress and get some fresh air and sunshine – something you can’t get in the vegetable aisle of the grocery store!
A packet of seeds can cost next to nothing compared to a bag of potatoes and considering that the food you’ll be growing will be ‘organic’, you’ll be saving even more than if you bought the equivalent in the grocery store.
Reduces food waste
The UK is responsible for up to 14% of the total waste generated1. Growing your own food will make you appreciate it more and therefore be less likely to waste it. You’ll also only be using what you need, instead of buying a large bag of carrots that you can’t get through in one week. Your waste will be reduced with regards to the packaging that your fruit, vegetables and herbs come in; helping to lower your carbon footprint as well.
People also say that growing your own food makes it taste better as it doesn’t have to make the lengthy journey from the place it’s grown to your kitchen.
So, what are you waiting for? Get growing!