Posted 2nd May 2018
The process of growing your own has never been more popular
With supermarket prices rising, more people are looking to eat healthily and reduce the plastic food packaging, with growing your own making financial and environmental sense.
So why grow your own?
Save money - you get to enjoy organic food at home without the price tag.
Quality - Homegrown food will tastes better
Great for health - Eat fresh fruit and veg means you'll be able to get a wide variety of vitamins and minerals in your diet.
Eat in-season - growing your own means you'll always be eating in-season.
Cut back on plastic - there's no need for packaging when you grow your own - simply pick and eat.
Minimise food miles - This way, you'll only need to travel is from pot to plate.
It's fun - It's good to see what you can grow from a few seeds or a small plant, and growing your own is fun for children too, teaching them where food comes from.
Start with the easy plants
Growing your own is easier than you may think. All you need is a few pots, a trough or wooden crate and some compost, or a small patch of soil. Then, buy seeds or small plug plants and you'll be ready to go!
Herbs such as mint, rosemary, basil and parsley are all easy to grow - for fruit strawberries will always be rewarding, as you get a fair yield from a plant, as you do with tomatoes too. For veggies, lettuce, beetroot, potatoes, peas, spinach and beans will all grow in abundance.
Information and tips courtesy of Squire's Garden Centre