• G.E Young

Why not get your organic veg from your garden!

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

"The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway" (Michael Pollan, 'Second Nature: A Gardener's Education', 2007)

This week I have realised that the summer season which is so fruitful is coming to an end. While the autumn has a few veggies to choose from I have found my self having to get excited about shallots and onions because that's what is available for autumn if you have the gardening bug. Had I gotten my act together I would have managed to grow more than just rainbow carrots this year. I have certainly had fun growing radish and mustard microgreens, but with their micro size follows micro-satisfaction. I am eager for spring to come around to I can start my growing projects next year!

Growing your own food is not only good fun but good for the environment. It helps to reduce your carbon footprint because you are no longer relying solely on produce from your local supermarket. When you are buying products from a supermarket it has travel usually 1,500 or more miles to reach the shelves. This means your leeks and carrots have quite a high carbon footprint before they have even made it to your kitchen fridge. Growing your produce at home organically really helps lower your impact on the environment, and it can also help increase biodiversity in your garden, this might mean you get a few pests but that comes with the territory. When you grow at home it also grantees that your produce is healthier because you know what conditions your vegetables have been grown in. It eliminates the nasty fertilisers or pesticides with chemicals which are not only harmful to you but the biodiversity of lands that crops are grown in. By having a small veggie patch at home you are automatically making the swap to a more organic diet!

I know some people either don't have a garden or don't have much space in their garden so think that it is not really an option for them to grow veg at home. It might be that actually, you can. I am lucky enough to have a garden but it is already rather full of other plants and trees that don't need to be dug up for me to grow veg. Thankfully my parents have found me space which isn't being used which I have already moved a mini greenhouse into. I fully intend to maximise the small space I have and this will mean some carefully planned DIY projects to suit the space. I love a good DIY and I intend to make some raised planters/ flower beds out of old pallets. This is a perfect opportunity to reuse some old wood and get inventive rather than buying something new. Maybe this is something you feel like you could do?

Look at the space you have and maybe gets some inspiration from Pinterest and get crafting. I find it so much fun! It is also possible to grow some types of veg in buckets so that might work well for you too! This time of year is good to start preparing the soil for next spring and maybe to make those planters so you are not sawing and sanding in the snow or frantically trying to make it before spring arrives next year. Even though it might seem early to get excited about next spring it is a good time to start thinking about what you have around the house that you could reuse or upcycle before next year.

What have you managed to grow this year and are you excited for next year too? Are you up for a DIY and if so what do you think you will make? Let me know in the comments.

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