For the past few years my husband and I have been into growing our own fruit, veggies and herbs. Not only is it cheaper but you know that they are chemical free which is so important.
I saw a story on A Current Affair a while ago and they were doing an investigation into how long supermarkets keep their fruit and veg in storage for. Wow the results were astounding and frightening! Apples can be a few months old...ummmm what and how?? This is so scary because it really makes you think about what people are putting on our food to make them last that long and what are these chemicals doing to our body.
The answer is, we never used to have all the diseases that we have today and I think a lot of that comes from the things that we are putting into our bodies. We need to be more mindful of what we put into our mouths and on our skin.
My husband and I don't have a big backyard so we grow the things that we really love and eat regularly, one day when I have a big backyard I will be growing anything and everything. But right now we have a small herb garden consisting of thyme, parsley, rosemary, mint and chives (all the main ones), strawberries, a raspberry bush and spring onions.
Now that spring is here we also have tomatoes, basil, coriander, potatoes and lettuce. I just love going out into our garden picking items for dinner that I am cooking, it is such a nice feeling.
You can do this too, even if you are not a green thumb start with growing herbs. You just need to remember to water them and make sure they have enough light to grow and before you know it you will be adding fresh herbs to your dinner. Once you are confident with that expand into some fruit and veggies, you won't regret it.
Another tip is to get a compost bin and put in there all your veggie scraps and in a few weeks time you will have lovely soil to add back to your veggie patch. Don't waste anything that can be used to produce more delicious produce in your own backyard.
Have a go and share with me your comments and photos!
Be happy & healthy,