Have you noticed how expensive it has become to buy fruit and vegetables? Especially organic ones?
Saving money is certainly a compelling reason to grow your own fruit and veggies, but it is by no means the only one. There are so many benefits to producing food yourself.
Home grown vegetables are packed with flavor and depending on the soils they are grown in, have a far higher nutritional value than those grown in nutrient deficient soil or that have been in cold storage for extended periods.
Growing vegetables is an activity that is particularly beneficial for the family. You get to spend time together, outside in the fresh air and sunshine and children can learn how to make a useful contribution to the family as well as how fresh food is grown.
There is nothing quite like the sense of accomplishment derived from picking fresh veggies from your own garden for a family meal. And it is an excellent way to encourage young children to eat more veggies.
Limited space need not be a deterrent from growing your own food. Now you can buy neat, compact garden tanks which easily fit into small yards and courtyards.
This is the time of year to get busy sowing your vegetable garden. Vegetables that do well at this time of year include tomatoes, lettuce, peas, carrots, asparagus, strawberries, new potatoes, eggplant, capsicum and zucchini. These are all extremely simple to grow.
You will want to make sure you choose a sunny space in your garden or courtyard.
Hurray for the rain! And now we can talk about rain gardens, and how they can make an attractive decorative addition to your garden, as well as conserve precious water.
Are you making the most of your outdoor space? Given our beautiful, temperate climate, it makes sense to create outdoor rooms & living spaces which add value to your property, add living space to your home, & become a place where you will make happy memories with family & friends.