The fact that us British are having to pull our belts in to help us through the recession, courtesy of those bankers, the garden is being looked at as an area where money can be saved. As in wartime, and I am not comparing today in the same vein as those dreadful times, the garden can be turned over to growing vegetables and fruit with a little effort.
Obviously, as with most things, the more effort you put in then the more you will get out. The other side of this coin is that it will make you fitter enabling you to save on those expensive health and fitness Centres. So ‘win-win’ all round and even ‘her indoors’ will be grateful.
You don’t have to utilise all the gardens to get some rewards. You could just use the borders of the garden for growing fruit or veg. Also in front of the garden shed is a good area as it’s a good and resourceful area. The shed will provide shelter from strong winds and will radiate warmth onto your growing area helping your plants to flourish.
This time of year is not necessarily a good one for root vegetables but tomatoes are a good option as are strawberry plants. Both are delicious, certainly coming straight out of the garden, and can supplement the household budget. If it is early in the year you can start these seeds off inside the garden shed near the window. This will provide warmth and light and will give them the best start in life. As the weather improves you can transplant them into the garden.
As the year goes on you can consider other produce so that you can enjoy fresh vegetables most of the year round. If your garden is not too large you could consider an allotment where you would have a dedicated area for growing fruit and veg. With the larger area, some people have enough space to grow flowers as well which would brighten up most homes. The only problem with this is the demand for allotments is outstripping supply in many areas. In those cases, I recommend putting your name down on a waiting list as soon as possible.
Besides the need to ‘cut our cloth’ accordingly the number of gardening shows on TV is also adding to the attraction of growing your own. These shows have already increased the number of produce growing gardeners who enjoy gardening as a worthwhile hobby. It had been suggested that this was a temporary fad and that it would ‘die a death’ when people realise the amount of work involved. This would affect some people, as in all new interests, but the majority would make a welcome change in their lifestyle.
By making subtle changes to your garden and gardening habits you can benefit your self and your family. Besides the health improvements and wealth saving you will also be helping to reduce the food miles which your food would have travelled. This is truly a green and beneficial choice in hard times.