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Lots of our homes have large gardens. These are ideal for growing your own food. Find out more about what to grow and when from the Royal Horticultural Society. And remember - even if you don’t have a big garden, you can still grow lots of veg in growbags and containers. It’s good for your health and can reduce your carbon footprint.
Food grown at home hasn’t been produced using machinery and pesticides, it hasn’t travelled very far to get to your plate, and there’s no packaging to dispose of. Plus, gardening can reduce stress and improve your cardiovascular health whilst being a low impact exercise and helping you to relax.
If you’d rather grow flowers, how about supporting bees and butterflies by planting some wildflower seeds? They’re easy to grow – you just scatter them over soil. You can even get hold of them for free sometimes – visit Grow Wild for more information.
Grow your own
A great way to have fresh, chemical free vegetables, herbs and fruit is to grow your own. It's easier than you think and you don’t need to have acres of garden to produce some fabulously tasty results. You can now buy raised beds quite cheaply that slot together and give you about a square metre growing space. Even if you only have a balcony or paved area you can grow many things in pots easily. It’s a great way to help you get your 5 a day and getting outdoors into the fresh air is also great for your health and the kids can get stuck in too!!
We’ve put together some easy steps that are guaranteed to bring the ‘Alan Titchmarsh’ out in you!