Growing your own food is an excellent way to reduce food waste, support the environment and reap other benefits. There are lots of delicious fruits, veggies and herbs that make great home-grown crops, many of which are suitable for first-time growers. You also don’t need a huge amount of space—even an unused windowsill can be turned into a personal fresh food isle. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should grow your own food:
You can’t get more freshly picked than by your own hand! No nutritional value is lost from your home-grown crop as there is no wait between harvesting, shipping, storage, the supermarket shelf and your plate. Not only that, the more diverse your crop is, the more diverse the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you benefit from.
Seeds are literally the gift that keeps on giving. Mint, parsley, mini-cucumbers, tumbling tomatoes and lettuce are favourites for producing an especially high yield. (They all fit snugly into a PlantBox, too.) Here’s a top tip: If you trim your lettuce with scissors or a knife to a height of around 1-2 inches, more tasty leaves will grow back.
As well as giving our minds a break, the responsibility of growing your own food can give you a real sense of purpose, pride and achievement. It’s highly satisfying to successfully nurture a seed from plant to plate! Not only that, plants are well known to create cleaner, healthier air, improve wellbeing, and even lower blood pressure.
By slashing food miles to food metres, you are reducing the reliance on long-distance transportation of food, which guzzles fossil fuels and emits large amounts of carbon dioxide. It is estimated that an average distance of 1,500 miles is travelled from farm to plate. You can also cut out the need for chemicals or pesticides, which harm the environment.
Whether you’re teaching your children or discovering the germination journey with a partner, growing your own food is enjoyable and satisfying—and that’s before it hits the plate! You might be surprised just how excited (and emotionally connected) you get watching your seedlings grow. Until you give it a go, you won’t know what you’re missing!
Growing certain types of fruits, veggies and herbs can support your local populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinators by providing them with their own course of food—don’t worry, they won’t steal yours! If you grow strawberries and tomatoes, you can feed yourself the fruits, while pollinators can forage their flowers for nectar.
You don’t need a great big garden, vegetable patch or allotment to grow your own food. PlantBox allows you to create your own eco-friendly vertical allotment—you can grow large amounts of herbs, fruits and veggies in even the smallest of spaces. PlantBox also makes caring for your home-grown crops easy: Go weeks (instead of days) between watering and know exactly when and how much to top up. Made from 100% recycled materials and designed to be stacked and clipped in rows to best fit your home, PlantBox is ideal for balconies, roof gardens, courtyards, conservatories and is even suitable indoors. £1 from every PlantBox goes to the PlantBox Trust, a charity which provides access to nature where it is needed. Find out more.