Thursday, 21 May 2015
Why I grow vegetables
Growing vegetables is hard work - there is no denying that. Digging, sowing, weeding, watering, thinning, checking for diseases, more weeding, more watering and so on and so forth. So maybe it is no surprise that sometimes people ask me why I bother. After all you can buy fresh fruit and veg in the shops and at very reasonable prices.
True ... but this is why I grow my own veg ...
These are the first of our new potatoes from the polytunnel that I dug up today and within less than half an hour they were cooked and on our dinner plates. No shop anywhere can give you that sort of freshness!
I can also grow things that are much harder to buy. Today, whilst shopping for Ben's birthday presents I may just have diverted to the garden centre and picked up these: 2 pepper plants (one black and one orange/green) and a bit of a mystery plant. It is labelled as a Poire-Melon (Pear melon) and a quick search online reveals it is Solanum muricatum or pepino dulce ("sweet cucumber" in English). Does anyone know anything more about it?
So that my friends is 2 reasons why I garden. It also is a great way to keep fit, get fresh air in your lungs and keep yourself connected to Mother Nature. Are you a gardener? If so do tell why you garden.