4 Benefits of Growing Your Own Edible Plants

As most of you already know, I’m on a mission. It’s quite a small mission; to get all of you growing your own. This isn’t a blog about how to get the biggest pumpkin or how to neaten your flower beds. No. This blog is about growing nice and easy food, cooking that food into delicious recipes and then making you realise that by doing so, you’re suddenly part of your own revolution.

This year, I’m running a Grow Your Own Food Challenge for all of you to get involved in.  All you need is one happy plant and you can benefit in so many fantastic ways.

See my blog on getting started in the Grow Your Own Food Challenge, here.

In anticipation for the new growing season and my challenge, here are 4 Benefits of Growing Your Own Edible Plant.

1 – The Environment

You don’t really think about it when you go into your local supermarket, but because pretty much all of our food is imported from Europe and further away it’s all making an impact on global warming. Whilst we all love a banana, by growing a chilli plant, tomato plant or a fruit tree – you’ll be cutting that mileage and lowering your carbon footprint in the process. By growing your own, you’ll also be helping these guys out, too:

2 – Health

If you grow your own you’ll be living a healthier lifestyle. From experience, fruits and vegetables are better picked fresh and not sold to you after several days of travel. As well as tasting richer, home-grown tomatoes and other vegetables are jam-packed with more nutrients. In addition to this, by introducing fresh tomatoes, peppers and salads into your diet you will find that you’re shopping less (meaning less temptation to buy sweets and other naughty things) and you’re cooking your own delicious meals more often too.

3 – Variety

Variety is a huge benefit to growing your own. Why should we let supermarkets dictate what we can and can’t have on our plates? From black tomatoes to knobbly pumpkins – there are a huge range of exciting, quirky and flavour-bursting vegetables out there. There’s nothing better than the smug feeling you get when you cook and create with vegetables unknown to most people.

4 – Money

Of course, by growing chillies, tomatoes or peppers you can save money too. One tomato plant could give you £5 back, and you may find even more savings by growing your own chillies and garlic through the year. The savings do vary; yet, with rising food prices, doing the growing yourself makes so much sense.

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The Grow Your Own Food Challenge starts in February, so stay tuned. What are you looking forward to growing this year? Is this your first go? I’d love to hear from you – why not connect with me on Facebook or Twitter

Merry Christmas Everyone!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

There are three things I love doing at Christmas. The first and most important part is eating a bucket-load of food. The second has to be the company – and that’s not just human – being surrounded by cats and wildlife fills me with a lot of happiness. Particularly the wildlife, especially when you spend all of your time in a grey city. The final thing that I love doing at Christmas is taking time to relax and write. And this is exactly what I’m doing right now – writing for all of you lovely people.

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Why Lemon Trees Make Great Christmas Presents

We all get them: those Christmas presents that either end up somewhere at the back of our cupboards or those gifts we pretend we still have, even though we got rid of them just days after receiving them.

You won’t get that with a lemon tree though.

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Why Allotments Are Great for Your Health

Do you struggle to make yourself go to the gym every week? Perhaps you suffer from bad anxiety, stress and you need a break. I have one answer for you:

Get an allotment.

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5 Easy Ways You Can Save Money By Growing Your Own

5 Easy Ways You Can Save Money By Growing Your Own

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Every time I go into the supermarket and I look at the veg section I despair at how much money a packet of spinach is.

Spinach is one of the easiest things that you can grow. Yet, gardening is seen as this difficult thing that only people either with qualifications or with the time to spare can do. The same can be said about all of the dark leafy greens, as well as vegetables like peas, potatoes and tomatoes.

In this week’s blog I’m about to blow your mind.

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