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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.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Food Price Rises - one reason to grow fruit and vegetables if you can and thoughts on helping those that cannot.

There are simple things you can start to grow in the spring even if you only have containers, such as salad leaves,carrots etc.

Ideas for the future -

With the prediction that food prices will rise and the fact that they have already increased, connect t to that the fact that so much of the food that is purchased goes to landfill and what equations can you come up with?

  • We need to change the way we shop for food! 
  • Those who can afford to need to factor in that less might be more and eating something that is tasty and worthwhile, is better than a plate heaped with tasteless fast food or ready meals.
Help now saves health problems later.
  • Maybe schools in areas that are known to be ones where parents are struggling to feed their families a healthy diet should have reduced cost fruit and vegetables on sale to parents.
  • Connected to the above - breakfast clubs for kids who need them - provide porridge, muesli, yogurts and fruit.
Investing in the health off future generations cannot be seen as wasteful.

Why not start more after school gardening clubs that teach children how fruit and vegetables are grown and what freshly picked food tastes like.

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