Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Reasons I Think Everyone Should Grow Their Own Food



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I always try to make my life more interesting so that every day brings something new. Having a broad range of hobbies is important to me to make sure I never get bored. Of course, when you're a mother, you don't have a lot of time to get bored! One of the things I enjoy doing is growing fruit and vegetables. You can do it in your garden or your kitchen, and some people are even lucky enough to have an allotment. There are lots of great reasons to grow food at home. I love it and here's why I think you should too.

Fun Family Activity

My little girl is growing up, and I know it won't be long before she wants to be more independent. Since I can't keep her to myself forever, I try to do as much as I can with her now. She already would often much rather be with her friends! Gardening is an amazing thing to do with your kids. It's fun for them to join in with the digging, watering and other tasks. You can spend time with them and bond over a shared activity. And it helps them to learn about the work that goes into making their food. A lot of kids don't have the first clue where their food is from or how it's grown.

Know Where Your Food Comes From

It's not just children who don't know how their food gets to their plate. You might make an effort to find out, but it isn't always possible to know everything. Growing my own food allows me to know exactly what has happened to my food because I did it! I plant everything and choose what fertilisers and other things to give it. I know how I protected my stuff from slugs and bugs, and I know how long everything took to grow. Then when I cook with it or preserve it, I know how that's done too.

Easy to Do

My favourite thing about growing fruit and veg is that it's easy - even kids can do it! As long as you choose the right things to grow, you can have success. You have to learn a little about how to do things properly, but anyone can pick it up. You can plant fruit trees, tomato vines, potatoes, squash, and lots more. Some of the easiest things to start with include lettuce, peas and beans.

Good for Your Health

My favourite thing about growing fruit and vegetables is that it's good for you. Not only does it help you eat more healthily, but it's good for your mental health too. It gets you outside and gives you time to relax and have a think. It provides you with a purpose too and when you get to harvest everything, it gives you a great sense of achievement. I love the feeling I get from maintaining my garden - and eating the results!

If you've never tried growing your own fruit and veg, I recommend giving it a go. It could change your life or at least your eating habits.


There is also another great article on the health benefits of gardening here

4 comments:

  1. I've had this post sat open in a tab on my laptop for like 2 days, meaning to comment on it when I sat down haha
    I love it - I've wanted to do this for goodness knows how long but we have never had the space. I looked into getting an allotment but then I don't like the idea of not being able to see it all the time - I get a little too attached to things. Hopefully one day though.
    Will be sharing this!

    Danielle xo
    www.underlandtowonderland.com

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    1. We started off small too, our garden is tiny and i mean tiny. But we sectioned off a little patch and we were surprised with how much we actually managed to grow! I was the same with an allotment, i hate the thought of not being able to open my door everyday and go check on it. Am glad you liked it :) x

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  2. One of my dreams is to live in a little cabin with an area in the back to grow fruit and veg then sell in a farmer's market or cook with it myself. In our garden my parents grow potatoes, apples, strawberries, raspberries, carrots... we love to be green, it's so satisfying knowing that you know that your food has no added chemicals or that crap. I'm glad to hear that your little one is enjoying it too :)
    It'sMyLife

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    1. Aw that's a nice dream to have and one i share in many ways. Your parents sound like they know exactly what they are doing, i would love an apple tree but my garden is just too small for it. But yeah it's really satisfying knowing that what you're eating hasn't got any nasties in it and you know where it's come from x

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