WHY GROW YOUR OWN FOOD?
Anyone who has ever picked fresh strawberries will know how unlikely it is that the first harvest will reach the kitchen. The urge to eat them there and then beats all but the strongest wills – the taste is incomparable.
That’s one of the main reasons why I grow my own food. Freshness equates to flavour and has health benefits too; I harvest crops from my veg patch when they are at their best and packed with vitamins.
Compare shop-bought broad beans to home-grown and I promise you’ll never buy them again. But that’s not all, there are so many other reasons to grow your own: to boost your fitness, to improve your environment, or just for the sheer pleasure of it.
FRESH AND HEALTHY We are all well aware that the route to good health is through eating more fruits and vegetables, but you may not have considered the direct benefits of growing them yourself. Vitamin and antioxidant levels are at their highest when crops are first picked, with the levels falling by half after a week or so.
In shops, you can rarely tell how long ago “fresh” produce was picked or how well it has been stored, especially if it is imported or kept in refrigeration. When you have your own wigwam of runner beans, or a big pot of tomatoes on your patio, you can harvest and eat them within hours, or even minutes.
CROPS IN SMALL SPACES
There’s no denying that having less space limits the amount of fruit and vegetables you can grow, but by thinking laterally you can still produce enough to supplement your needs, even if you can’t supply everything. Instead of planting vegetables that take up lots of space but are
GROWING IN CONTAINERS
Growing crops in pots is second nature to many gardeners. As well as providing extra growing space, it offers many benefits, such as easier weeding and the option to move your crops under cover for protection or to extend their cropping season. It can also give you a wider choice of crops to grow because you are not limited to growing
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