Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Growing your own

Fresh from the veg patch
With the last few days of lovely sunshine the tomatoes I toiled over much earlier in the year are finally really ripening. And there's nothing better than plucking one for your lunch - and eating it while it is still warm from basking in the sun. And each time I eat something from my veg patch it reminds me just what a great feeling it is to grow your own. My efforts last Spring were minimal I'm afraid, but I have still had strawberries, summer squash, onions, tomatoes, chillies, spinach, blueberries, peas, apples and potatoes (plus some lovely wild blackberries that were growing in my hedge!) to enjoy. I have some plump pumpkins growing now too - ready for a hearty Autumnal soup methinks.

From garden to plate to tummy!!!
And I'm going to try and hold on to this feeling all through the winter and into early next year, so I can put a bit more effort into into planting come next March, because growing my own seems to be the healthy option. Not only does it force me to get out in all weathers - bending, stretching, wrestling, digging and - the worst of all gardening jobs - weeding, it also encourages me to eat more plant-based meals and turn my back on the over-packaged and chemically-enhanced products that often now grace the supermarket shelves.