• Ellen Mary Gardening Tomatoes

Tips on Growing Your Own

I’ve visited the Handmade Festival a couple of times and always been blown away with peoples creativity and passion, so to be involved as a speaker is super exciting and I can’t wait to bring a touch of gardening to the festival. As a complete plant addict, I have been involved in gardening my whole life and now spend the majority of my time spreading the benefits of incorporating plants into our daily lives which includes growing your own food for a plant based diet. I can’t wait to show everyone in my demo at the show just how easy it is to cook a simple, nutritious seasonal dish with freshly harvested ingredients. Here are some reasons why growing your own food is so good for you;

There are many wellbeing benefits of growing your own food

Growing your own is one of the best ways to enjoy all of the many benefits getting outside in the garden can bring. Gardening has a whole host of physical and mental health benefits. Working in the garden can help to improve anxiety and depression plus lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fresh fruit and vegetables definitely taste better

Every bite is sweeter and more juicy than anything you can buy at the supermarket. Top chefs and restaurants use produce from their own kitchen gardens to create those delicious ingredients in top notch dishes because the favours just can’t be beaten.

It’s hugely satisfying and low cost

If you have a small garden or a balcony, there are plants suitable for growing in all places from hanging basket Strawberries or Tomatoes to container grown Rhubarb and Potatoes, the options are endless. Even herbs on a windowsill are super satisfying to grow and buying seeds to grow is much cheaper than a trip to the shops.

Growing your own gives you extra incentive to cook great food

One thing I learnt very quickly when the harvests kept coming off the allotment was to cook! When you have sown a seed, nurtured it to harvest and have those vegetables in your kitchen, the urge to make something suitably delicious is overwhelming and you'll soon be making tasty, cheap and healthy family dishes.


Words by Ellen Mary...

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