Some lovely comments yesterday - thank you.
I also had an email off someone who wasn't able to leave a comment, Anne asked why do we grow our own when the veggies in the supermarkets are SO cheap.
It set me thinking, the reasons to me are obvious and clear, maybe not to some of you, but I do think most of you understand. Lots of you grow your own and some of you who can't would love to do so.
My reasons are simple :
1. Things taste better.
2. I know exactly where they have come from and how they have been treated.
I grow organically, this would cost me more in the supermarkets than the bag of carrots for £1 (although I do know you can get offers from time to time).
3. I proved last week (during the Live Below the Line Challenge) that you can eat for pennies and fractions of pennies, when you grow your own in a closed system. (That is, providing your own compost, rainwater and plant food, and also saving your own seeds for next year.)
4. I am lucky enough to have the space to do so and I enjoy doing it.
The wonder of nature.
When you take a seed, a little dried seed, hard, tiny, sometimes a mere dot in the palm of your hand, and then put it into the earth you start a process, a process of wonder and to me, amazement. A little miracle that happens seed after seed, row after row, bed after bed, and day after day, . You turn that little dried entity into a plant, a bush, a tree, something full of life that is capable of sustaining life. Your life.
This connection with the soil and the plants is the reason I do this. I only realised this recently, it opened my eyes.
So I grow.......
... day after day, seed after seed.
With a little guardian at my greenhouse door.....
...after trayful of little miracles.
And that's why I grow what we eat.
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I'm off to Manchester again to spend sometime with my lovely Mum who will really understand this post. I will leave you each day with a little picture. A picture of home and of the life that is springing up all around us here.
Have a nice weekend everyone, I'll be back on Monday.