Grow your own is back in vogue and I can’t tell you how pleased I am to hear this. We, as a nation have been doing this for generations, yet when I come across newcomers at my allotment in Suffolk; many have thoughts of painful stooping backs and toiling in acres of mud. After I have given them a word of encouragement, they are all amazed at how easy and fun growing your own is. It’s a really fulfilling activity, not only because you get to eat and enjoy the fruits of your labour, but also because it is healthier for you and great for the environment.
It is so easy to do, even if you don’t have an allotment; you can grow your own vegetables in raised beds, have a special vegetable patch section in your back garden or even grow them in pots, containers and hanging baskets. The possibilities are endless and finding out new ways to grow your fruit and veg is always a great venture to take part in.
The health advantages of growing your own are never-ending; no more chemicals used to help promote growth, instead you will find a healthier, happier you. When you eat your crops a couple of hours after harvesting them, there are some incredible nutrients in them, which can be beneficial to your body and mind. These antioxidants, minerals and vitamins will help you boost your immune system and so, you will be helping your body to expel harmful free radicals, which attack the body’s cells.
The general care of your crops, i.e. digging, pruning and harvesting also has a positive effect on the body; making it fitter and healthier option rather than going to the supermarket.
Saving the Environment
It is unbelievable how much you can do for the environment when you start to grow your own; not only is your body reaping in the rewards, so too is the environment. When growing in your back garden on your allotment, which should be located a few miles from your home (walking distance) you won’t be responsible for releasing harmful emissions as you will be walking and not driving to retrieve your food.
Another setback to buying and not growing are chemical fertilisers and pesticides used on food that can harm the environment and interfere with wildlife. If there are harmful chemicals used on their food source it can have devastating effects; eventually killing many animals higher up in the food chain.
Other environmental advantages
- Reduces your carbon footprint
- Decrease the level of fumes omitted into the atmosphere
- Ease the effects of packaging and waste
With so many benefits linked with growing your own, there is no reason why you shouldn’t try your hand at it. April is the perfect time to get started as well; the weather is warming up and the array of crops and fruits you can grow is so extensive, you will be pottering about thinking what vegetables to try out first.
Start growing and find out what a difference it can make to your life!