Whether it’s growing your own plants at home, getting involved with a community garden scheme, or renting an allotment, there’s a lot to be said for growing your own foodstuffs. And it seems that we aren’t the only ones to think so, with a growing number of Britons opting to grown their own fruit and veg.
With National Allotment Week upon us, we’re looking into all the ways in which people can benefit from growing their own. So what exactly are the advantages?
The pesticides, artificial sweeteners and preservatives present in a lot of shop-bought items might mean more sales for the big supermarkets, but it’s the consumers that are ultimately losing out. The nutritional value of shop-bought produce simply doesn’t compare to eating your own, from fresh. Supermarkets allow us to get hold of a large variety of veg, all year-round, but this is mainly because fruit and veg is harvested early, meaning you lose out on a lot of the potential Vitamin C.
Once you know how easy it is to grow your own vegetables, you’ll start to realise how expensive simple items like lettuce leaves are in the shops. These items can soon add up, so growing your own food can end up saving you a small fortune.
As well as the health benefits that come with eating better food, you’ll reap the rewards that come with doing a bit of light exercise form time to time. There are also a number of benefits that come with getting a bit of fresh air and a chance to clear your mind.
Making use of a local allotment is a great way to meet people, make new friends and build a sense of community between you and your neighbours. If you have little ones, it can also be a great little project for them to get involved with too.
Helping the environment
If you don’t use pesticides and herbicides at home then you’ll be helping the environment by minimising the amount of air and water pollution. You’re also reducing the need for imported produce, which lowers the amount of plane and truck fuel needed.
From justified concerns about the chemicals found in processed foods, to saving money, there are several reasons for growing your own. So why not give the self-provisioning attitude a go?
Image source: 'Heirloom tomatoes, banana peppers, green peppers, and corn plants in the background' by Cheryl is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0