Tuesday 7 October 2014

Home-grown fruit and veg

Ever since I can remember I’ve grown my own fruit and veg. I haven’t always lived in a place with a garden, especially in my student days, but even then just grew some herbs on the windowsill. In the last few years I’ve been lucky to live in a house with a good sized garden. It’s not huge by any means and most of the stuff I’ve grown is in pots because there’s not enough space in the flower beds. But I’ve loved it. There is something special about growing your own fruits and vegetables. A ritual of planting those little seeds and the excitement of seeing those first seedlings grow into wonderful plants bearing big and juicy fruits. I love tending to these plants, watching them grow and bear the delicious fruits from that labour. Everything that is home grown is always so much tastier and fresher than those bought in shops. In the last few years we’ve grown tomatoes, peppers, chillies, carrots, courgettes, marrows, cucumbers, strawberries and lots of different herbs. When baby was born last year any hope of growing anything went out the window. I still had all the herbs in the garden but it wasn’t a great summer and I had more important things to focus on! :) This summer though I got back into it - growing some simple fruit and veg and baby even sat in the garden and watched the process. At the end of this summer he ‘helped’ pick the tomatoes although he was more interested in eating them! I imagine it won’t be too long before he’ll be in the garden with me sowing and planting himself :)


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