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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Three types of food that you can grow to save money

Here is a list of three things that you can grow that will save on your food shopping bills, there are other things you will want to grow eventually  but the three here are a good starting point and mix.

Three types of food that are good to grow

  • Herbs and salad leaves.
  • Vegetables.
  • Fruit.
Herbs and salad leaves are easy to grow.  Most herbs thrive in even a poor soil so they are simple to care for and are useful for adding flavour to your home cooked meals.

Salad leaves can be grown in large flower pots, useful for growing on a patio near the kitchen door, or even to grow in attractive flower pots on the balcony of a flat or an apartment. Herbs can be grown in this way too, but you might need to keep the choice to the lower growing ones as tall herbs might topple over the flower pots if it is windy.

Vegetables can be grown in raised beds so you do not need to give the whole garden over to being a vegetable plot. select a location in the garden that is suitable i.e. not in the shade.

Growing fruit you will need a garden for most fruit bushes. fruit like raspberry canes, or fruit trees but strawberries can be productive even in flower pots and containers, they also thrive in raised beds.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote