Growing my own veg in 2018
I've never been much of a plant person, which is weird because I grew up in a garden-loving household. In fact, my parents even owned a plant shop for a while when I was a child. For some reason the gardening bug didn't bite me... that is until now.
Rather by accident, this has turned into the year I become obsessed with creating a kitchen garden. A few people have asked why I'm suddenly so intent on growing our own produce so I thought I would share my reasons...
ACCESS TO ORGANIC PRODUCE
As we have made a move towards becoming a toxin-free household I've become more adamant about making the switch to organic-only produce. However, where we live in South Yorkshire we don't actually have access to many organic options. I did order organic veg boxes for a while which were great but I was struggling to make the best use of them and often ended up wasting things.
Earlier this year it struck me that if I want to eat organic produce all year-round, I was going to have to grow my own.
EATING SEASONALLY, REDUCING AIRMILES + WASTE
I've always been passionate about the environment but over the last 18 months I've become very aware of the impact our family has on the planet - and it's not as sustainable as I would like it to be. So alongside reducing toxins in our home and getting back to basics with natural health solutions, I've also been looking for more ways to reducing waste and plastic.
By growing our own veg, we can eat seasonally and reduce our reliance on out of season produce that has travelled halfway round the world. It also reduces our waste footprint as we don't need to buy plastic wrapped veg. Also, by growing and storing our own produce it means less food waste (something I really hate!).
TO CONNECT WITH WHERE OUR FOOD COMES FROM
I also wanted to have a deeper connection with the process of growing our own food. To understand what's involved in cultivating something from seed to plate, and for the kids to have knowledge of where our food comes from.
This is actually quite a big incentive as working from home means I spend longer than I would like sitting at my desk. Growing your own veg involves daily tending and I am absolutely loving starting my day pottering around the garden.
A FORM OF MEDITATION
I didn't set out with the intention to make gardening a form of meditation practice, but that's definitely what it has become. Having a non-work project to focus on, learning new things and taking time to slow down the pace and work with my hands has boosted my mental health. I lose all sense of time whilst I'm sowing seeds or weeding a raised bed. Not to mention it's a huge lesson in patience!
I'd love to know if you grow your own, and if not maybe give it a go! Even the tiniest of spaces can produce something wonderful.