Having watched many grdening programmes on telly throughout my life, plus a childhood working on my dads allotment, I’ve decided to use part of the garden to grow our own veg – we currently buy organic stuff, but there is something quite special about picking your own.
More importantly it’s an excellent way to appreciate seasonal changes and how things really grow – the supermarkets would have you believe that strawberries grow all year round, when in fact its June – any other time they are either imported from a developing country that should be growing food for its own people, not being ripped off by UK supermarkets, or the strawberries are forced to grow in unnatural greenhouse conditions. Strawberries, in fact any veg or fruit, taste much better from your garden – and they are funny sizes, vary in colour, just like nature intended!
On a similar theme read the great article below:
Supermarket Clean Sweep
Article published in Country Life, February 1999 (full story here)
“One of the reasons I started my local veg scheme was to widen the understanding of the benefits of local production for local consumption. And there are many more benefits here than meet the eye. To grow local food for local consumption is to think global: doing so benefits producers and consumers in both North and South. At home, profits and jobs stay in the local community, rather than disappearing into the sordid casino of global money markets (as is the case with 90% of supermarket profits). Local economies and communities are thereby revitalised. Abroad, people retain their productive land to grow food for themselves rather than cash crops for foreign exchange to repay debts.
Clearly, local food means everybody can dispense with juggernauts for long distance transport, dodgy preservatives, and questionable genetic modification of food for global distribution. The result is less traffic, fewer accidents, less pollution, fewer roads, lower incidence of asthma, fewer chemicals, fewer greenhouse emissions and a healthy rural economy. Everybody gains.
If the public wants to take an active part in promoting local production for local consumption, they need to break their supermarket chains and seek liberation in small independent food outlets to ensure the survival of the small producer. With our politicians free only to utter words from deep within the corporate web, it is up to us to demand a shift from global dependence to local interdependence by voting with our purses and wallets and buying local food.”