It wasn’t too long ago now that it was considered your national duty to produce your own vegetables, but today? Well, it’s very much a rarity.
Supermarkets are around every corner and with a whole world of fruit and vegetables at our fingertips, not just what we can grow in our back gardens, the question is: why would you grow your own vegetables?
Although growing your own lacks the convenience of popping to the local supermarket, it comes with a host of benefits.
What kind of benefits? Join us as we take a look at some of the biggest.
Growing Your Own Vegetables Saves Money
We could all do with a bit more cash in our back pockets come the end of the month, and growing our own vegetables is an excellent way to do just that.
Weekly vegetable shops can quickly mount up and so, by growing select vegetables ourselves, we can cut our food bills dramatically. Once planted, some vegetables can grow continuously throughout the year and require no further seeding, making for easy, effortless dining all-year round.
Eating more fruit and veg is something all of us aspire towards, but it’s far from easy. When you’ve put the effort and love into growing your own vegetables, however, it’s surprisingly easy to convince yourself to build your meal around them.
More than that though, because they’re fresh from the ground they’ll be loaded up with vitamins and minerals, ready to eat straight away. For kids who’ve never made up their mind about vegetables, the flavour and freshness of home-grown veggies might just be enough to make them lifelong fans.
It’s a Great Way to Get Active
We’re all living more sedentary lives than we should be, so getting up and being active is more important than ever before.
Gardening is an excellent way to stay active, even when you’re living with small children. Getting on your hands and knees and working the ground provides a total body workout which, alongside the fresh air, makes for an excellent workout.
Home-Grown Veg is Eco-Friendly
Recent years have seen an increasing emphasis on our ‘carbon footprint’, calculated by the impact that our choices have on the earth.
With veg grown in other countries, it must first be harvested by large machines, processed by even larger machines and then flown across the world where it lands in a supermarket. From there, you might drive there, pick it up, and drive it home again.
Needless to say, that’s a huge amount of carbon being produced for a bag of spuds. By growing at home, you dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of your diet, giving the earth some much-needed space to breathe.
Best of all? You don’t even need a large garden to grow your own veg. Vegetables can be grown inside pop-up greenhouses, containers and more. All you need is a little effort, a few seeds and some patience.
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