Sunday, 25 May 2014

Why we love to grow our own


A bit of a departure from the norm today on the blog but I wanted to share with you why we like to grow our own food as a family and a little bit about our grow your own journey. We moved last year in to a new house, one of the main reasons we chose the house we did is because it had significant space as a garden and for growing veggies and plants, previous to buying the house we had a flat but were lucky enough to have an allotment so growing our own is something we have done for some time.

The main benefit of growing your own is that you have constant supply of fruits, vegetables and herbs which are delicious and healthy, we never ate as well as we did when the allotment was in full bloom and it seemed we had an endless source of beetroot, chard and cauliflower which tasted far better than anything I have ever bought in the supermarket. There are, I think so many other benefits to growing your own, it is a very satisfying and relaxing hobby which makes you feel connected to nature and makes you so much more aware of the world around you. For children the benefits are even better than for adults I think, it is so important for children to grow up knowing about food and where it comes from, it makes them less fussy more willing to try new things and more inclined to be healthy when they are invested in the process of where the food comes from, it also teaches them about how plants grow and they inevitably take an interest in all the ladybirds, bees, caterpillars and all the other creepy crawlies they find as they potter about.

Even if you don't have a lot of space you can grow herbs and things like tomato plants in pots on a small balcony or windowsill, allotments are wonderful but there is a very long waiting list, it took us two years to get ours, but as soon as we knew we were moving we handed the keys back straight away to let someone else have a chance as they really are such a precious commodity. You really don't need to be a gardening expert to grow your own food, everything we know was learnt from a couple of books and the internet is full of great information, seeds are very cheap so grow from seed where possible, you need a handful of tools to get started but it really is easier than you would think. One of things I loved about the allotment was the sense of community, we would swap veggies and fruits and we always left with amazing produce every time we went, grow with friends and swap food to save on money. 

We still have a huge amount of work to do on both the house and the garden as when we bought it it was in a bad way, but it has been so much fun to do, we reuse anything we can and have tried to do the house up on a shoestring budget, yes we have some new things but there is something really satisfying about using something second hand and making it your own. Here are some photos of things we are currently growing:


 Our Cherry tree is covered in fruit and it will be a real battle with the birds to pick as many of these as possible before they get them all!

Courgettes are very easy to grow and you will have more than you can eat.

 A peek inside our greenhouse, this was actually already in the garden but we have replaced some of the glass. It is nice and warm so a great place to start off your seeds and young plants.

 Pea plants are some of my favourites they look beautiful and they taste amazing, we never cook ours, raw straight off the plant is the only way to go! 

 Soft fruits like blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are so expensive in the supermarkets and if you are buying organic you are looking at a small fortune, I always like to grow these myself wherever possible and look pretty in the garden too. 

I don't tend to share more personal pictures on the blog as it just doesn't feel right, however I couldn't resist this photo of my son and I pottering around the plot with his pretend wheelbarrow! He is a lot bigger now but this photo is my favourite.

Do you grow your own? If so what is your favourite thing about it? 

Ana x 
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  1. Great post Ana! Your garden is fantastic loads of growing space and I'm jealous of your greenhouse! Cute pic of you and your son x

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    1. Thanks! The greenhouse is a bit rickety but we make do with it, we still have lot's of work to do, I will probably post again with the progress we are making :) Xx

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  2. This is so awesome! When my husband and I finally get our own home, I really wanna make it an eco-home as much as possible. Of course that entails space to grow our own food, even of it's something small like just herbs and/or vegetables. I totally agree that it's even more important for your own kids - nowadays everything is about speed and convenience. I was an early childhood educator and nature has so much to offer that children can learn valuable knowledge from. I admire what you're doing, and good luck with the crops! xx

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    1. We waited a long time for this house but it was absolutely worth it and I am sure you and husband will find an amazing home you love. Absolutely, nature is something that children are loosing touch with which is really sad Xx

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  3. We are desperate to move so that we can have a garden and grow are own things. You are so right about the importance of involving children in the garden. If they know where things have come from and have helped grow it they are definitely more likely to eat it. I really enjoyed this post Ana x

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    1. Thanks Karen, I hope you are able to move soon, I know for us things took so much longer than we expected due to the market and difficulty selling the flat, in the end though it was all worth it and slowly we are getting the house how we want it, it's very satisfying Xx

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  4. Your garden looks awesome! My husband and I are also planning to buy a house and do some gardening. I am looking forward to planting flowers and herbs! Loving all the pictures, especially the last one! x

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    1. Thanks Lilly, how exciting for you, fresh herbs are yummy! :) Xx

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  5. Where we used to live we had enough space for some veggies in troughs and to grow tomatoes & strawberries. I miss the fact we can't do it in the same way where we are now. Lovely piccie of you and your little one. Sweet xx

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    1. That's a shame you have less space now, do you have a sunny windowsill you can grow herbs on, that's always a good idea. Glad you like the picture, I was in two minds whether to include it or not Xx

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  6. Having a garden is just the best thing ever!!<3 Love the photo with your baby boy, so cute! :) xx

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    1. Thanks Jana! We had such good fun on that plot :) Xx

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