You might be thinking, why bother growing my own when I can buy what I need from a shop or supermarket. But there are so many reasons to.
- One of the biggest benefits is to know exactly where your food has come from and how it has been treated.
- There are so many shop-bought produce that can be grown fairly easily in your own back garden, from tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to root vegetables, chillies and courgettes.
- By growing your own you’re reducing the amount of plastic waste your household generates, you’re greatly reducing “food miles” associated with our food, as the produce can be transported straight from the patch to the kitchen.
- Growing your own produce in the longer term can be a lot cheaper than buying off the shelf.
- Starting your own garden could also improve your own mental health and wellbeing. Although growing your own fruit and vegetables is a time commitment, gardening is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, as fresh air and exercise are widely recognised as being beneficial for your mental health. A great sense of pride and accomplishment can also be achieved from successfully growing your own produce.
There are so many reasons to grow your own – why not give it a try