Do you grow your own fruit and veg? Growing your own produce is a fantastic yet simple solution to health and environmental issues. It doesn’t matter how much you grow, or how much space you have, it will do good for you, our countryside and the environment as a whole.
Why you should grow your own food:
Growing your own food makes you immensely proud and leads to a more diverse and healthy diet packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Food straight from the garden is hard to beat for flavour and freshness. Unlike shop bought vegetables which go through a long old process of harvesting, shipping and distribution. Even when shipped veg arrives at the store, it’ll likely remain in storage before being put onto the shelves. Which is why your shop bought veg doesn’t stay fresh for long after you bring it home.
Keeps you active
A super easy way to get outside for some fresh air, fun and physical activity. Gardening has been proven to promote good physical health. People who actively garden reduce the risk of cardiac problems, relieve stress, anxiety and depression, and help strengthen and improve body strength overall. Combining physical activity and better nutrition will keep you feeling fresh, happy and full of energy.
Vitamin D boost
As well as all of the other nutrients you will get from your home grown food, getting outside and gardening is a sure-fire way to up your Vitamin D levels too. Vitamin D, often referred to as the sunshine vitamin because it’s produced in your skin when exposed to sunlight helps fight disease, reduce depression and also helps with weight loss. So it’s one to make sure you get enough of.
Growing your own veg at home is a handy way to save a few pennies. After an initial investment in space and any equipment you don’t already have. All you will need to buy are the seeds, which aren’t expensive and you will often have way more than you need. One of the best parts about growing veg at home is that you can eat your produce throughout the seasons and plants like courgettes are a gift that keeps on giving.
Good for the environment
When you eat food grown in an allotment or in your garden. You’re eating fresh produce that is free from chemicals, pesticides and processes such as harvesting and transportation that can harm our environment.