Tuesday, 16 February 2016

11 Reasons to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg


From time to time I get asked the question "Why do you bother to grow veg when you can buy all you want so cheaply at the supermarket?"  It's true, you can buy so much there but, as I am sure any gardener will vouch, there is much more to gardening than just supplying fruit and veg to put on your plate.  So, to the next person who asks why I grow my own, I shall point them to this blog post.


11 Reasons to Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg



Freshest possible produce

Growing your own means you have the freshest possible produce.  As soon as you pick something it begins to lose quality and for some foods, for example sweetcorn, this happens really fast with those gorgeous sugars in the cob rapidly turning to starch.  When you grow your own you can have it from plot to plate in minutes and you'll not lose any of that goodness. 



Great taste

Believe you me, you'll taste the difference when you grow your own.  The first strawberry, picked on a summer day and popped into your mouth, still warm, really is a delight not to be missed.  


Natural form of exercise

If you don't like the gym don't worry.  Gardening is a great form of free exercise and a lot more fun than a stationary exercise bike or running machine.  And look at the muscles you'll be using: 



Gets you out in the fresh air 

We all know fresh air is good for us and gardening gives you a reason to get out in all seasons.  You'll soon also be building up a healthy appetite for all that fresh produce you're growing.

Eat seasonally

Once you start to grow your own you begin to eat seasonally.  Roast parsnips in winter, lovely salads in summer and because it is all so fresh it tastes so much better.  Strawberries in December might look lovely but they will be tasteless having been picked under-ripe then flown in from miles away.  


No air miles and organic

When you grow your own you are helping the environment. No more beans flown in from Africa when you can have them on your own plate with zero air miles involved.  And you can grow your own produce organically.

Heirloom Varieties

If you shop for your fruit and veg in the supermarket, there will be little or no choice of variety.  There may be several apples, if you are lucky, but how many varieties of strawberry are available or carrots or cucumbers?  Not many, yet the are hundreds of varieties available for you to grow at home.  Most of these old heirloom varieties will not be grown commercially for various reasons but when you grow your own you'll be opening up your palate to a whole range of fabulous tasting and wonderful looking fruit and veg.  Yellow raspberries, a multitude of pumpkins and more varieties of beans than you could possibly dream about.  It is gardeners growing these varieties that are vital in the fight to prevent them being lost for ever in favour of the more "bland but transports/stores well" produce on most supermarket shelves.




Community Spirit

This is especially true if you have an allotment where friends can be made, advice freely given and excess veg swapped with neighbours.  


Feeling of achievement

Quite simply, the feeling you get when you first serve up a plate of your own produce never actually leaves you - I grew that, with my own hands and it is such a good feeling.

Connecting with Nature

Gardening gets you back to basics, connecting with Nature, the soil and the world around you.  You'll be much more aware of the seasons and see things down at garden level that are all too easy to miss in our often busy lives.  Gardening gives you time to slow down a little and enjoy life at the pace Nature sets.  It's also a great way to get children to understand where their food comes from and to get them interested in becoming gardeners as they grow up.




A source of home-made presents

Who doesn't love a nice jar of home-made jam or chutney as a present and with your excess harvest you now have a ready supply of presents?  My Mum loves it when I visit with a box of veg although I did learn the hard way that travelling from France to Exmoor with fresh leeks in the car makes it stink for the whole journey and days afterwards! 


Are just starting out with growing, in which case look out for the series of blogs I'll be writing over the coming weeks aimed specifically as new gardeners.  Or are you a long-standing gardener who could give any more reasons why growing your own is such a good idea?  


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14 comments :

  1. Lovely post, completely agree with all your points. I love growing my own fruit and veg too, so satisfying and much better for so many reasons than buying from the supermarket. I'm going to get my little two year old to help me sow some seeds this year, can't wait :) Polly #thelist
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    1. Oooh, good luck and do let me know you you both get on.

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  2. Nothing like feeling self sufficient, I don't manage nearly as much as you but an already excited by the wild garlic just coming through on the farm to cook with.

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    1. We had our first wild garlic and leek risotto a couple of days ago and it was so good.

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  3. It's true! I only started doing this last year - very much trial and error because I'm a beginner, lol but the vegetables that did survive my barely green fingers were well worth and so did the rest of the family! #fabfridaypost

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    1. I am hoping to do a series of posts on veg gardening for beginners so do look out for that if you need some pointers.

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  4. I love home-grown tomatoes so much and runner beans! We don't have a garden, but we have managed to grow strawberries on our window sill before. #FabFridayPost

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    1. Cress and sprouting seeds are good inside too :)

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  5. I would love to grow my own fruits and veg., but we live in a rented home at the moment and they won't let us grow. Sob :'( These are great tips - I don't even know some of the tools' names. Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost Have also pinned! :)

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    1. Would you be able to grow things in pots or grow bags? If not, what about some sprouted seeds or cress on the windowsill? Thanks for pinning :)

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  6. We're moving into our first house in the summer and I'm hoping to have part of the garden where we can grow some fruit & veg. I agree there are so many benefits. Thanks for joining in #memyselfandi

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    1. Good luck with the house move and the garden.

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  7. I'm am so black-fingered I even killed a cactus, but my parents have an allotment and are really into growing their own. I think home grown tastes so much more delicious too. Thanks for linking up to #memyselfandI

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    1. Ha ha - my eldest did the same and I have to say I am not good with house plants either.

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