Grow your own food

I think that gardening is something that anyone can do.  The trick is to keep on trying despite failures, because all gardeners make mistakes.  Frustratingly, that’s often how we learn the best lessons!  Eventually one figures out the plants they are good at growing in their garden and a happy equilibrium is found.  I find it very therapeutic to nurture plants, watch them grow and harvest their rewards.  If you’ve never done this before, then I highly recommend giving it  try.

I went a bit berry mad this weekend.  It must have been my delirium of being outside in the total sunshine.  I had intentions of finding one, maybe two raspberry bushes to plant in the garden, but I came home from B&Q with a autumn-fruiting raspberry, a tayberry, a blueberry bush and a cranberry plant.  Goodness, me!  My garden shovel got lots of action this weekend, and my family will have lots of fresh berries this summer and autumn.

When grown organically, you can dramatically reduce the energy inputs to your food.  There’s no need for transportation in refrigerator lorries/trucks or airplanes, no need to go to the grocery store to buy your food.  And perhaps best of all, you will know exactly how that fruit or vegetable was grown.  Watching your toddlers happily pick brambles and red currants off of your own bushes until their hands and faces become stained with juice is a wonderful wonderful thing.  If you are lucky, your kids will leave you some fruit to make a crumble!

Another perk of eating your home grown food is that you’ll value it, having seen it pop up from the soil, flower and ripen.  OK, that’s sounding a bit sappy, but it’s true.  Your homegrown food won’t rot away in your fridge and end up on the compost heap.  If you grow too much, you’ll have the pleasure of giving away your beautiful bounty to neighbours, friends and co-workers, or you can learn how to make preserves and enjoy a taste of your garden year-round.