Frugal Family

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This will be my 3rd year growing my own fruit and vegetables. 3 years of fresh, healthy veggies… watch ya back, Mr. Bloom.

cherry tomatoes

So far this year I have sown lots of yummy tomatoes. I didn’t buy and seeds but instead I kept the seeds from last years crop… I’m too tight. When we ate last years Toms, I saved the seeds instead of eating them by laying the individual seeds onto some kitchen roll and letting them dry out in the window sill.

I also have onions, cabbage, broccoli, runner beans and broad beans (hhmmmm my fave!) and lettuce. With lots more still to plant- potatoes, peppers, beetroot and even carrots.

I love to grow my own as time in the garden gives me a real sense of peace and connection to the earth, as well as knowing that my produce is fresh and pesticide free. This year Willow is taking great joy in joining me in the mud.

She helps me prepare the soil and sow the seeds but her favourite thing to do is using the watering can. Several times a day I now get asked if we can go out in the garden not to play, but to grow!

I think starting to teach our children about where food comes from is so important. Sadly so many children do not know where their food comes from and how it gets to their tables. I recently read this BBC News article and nearly choked on my raddish!

Do you grow your own? If you haven’t would you like to? Maybe you do not have the space, and while renting an allotment is great (and very cheap) there can be a long waiting list for a plot. How about growing veg in your house using window sill space wisely or if you have a balcony or a small patio maybe you could consider potting your veg? So many options… so many dinners!

Gardening compost and pots, grow bags, seeds and gardening tools don’t have to bought from expensive garden centres or nurseries but many high street stores such as Wilkinsons or even Poundland!

So Mary, how does your garden grow?

tomato seedling

 

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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