I’d love to grow all my own food but at the moment it’s just not possible. My challenge today is to start growing some more food. Not loads of food, but at least some.
Sometimes when it comes to food it can be hard to be mindful and conscious of where our food comes from. The simplest way to take on a proactive relationship with what you eat is to grow some of it yourself.
I already grow quite a few herbs in pots and use them when I’m cooking. Today I picked up some strawberry plants from the Derwen Garden Centre in Oswestry. I have a lovely old terracotta strawberry pot so my job for today was to fill that up. My intention is to also start growing salad greens so that we can enjoy a fresh salad every day, without the plastic packaging or the cost. The food tastes so much better too when it's eaten fresh straight after being harvested.
I picked up a few used pots from the little garden centre at St Christopher’s School in Wrexham a couple of weeks ago (there are some lovely little garden centres around linked to schools and colleges that a worth seeking out).
It doesn’t cost much to start growing your own food. The pots I got from St Christopher’s were a bargain price, and also car boots are a great way to find pots and pretty bits of china to use as containers.
It’s incredible how much you can grow in a small area: things such as lettuce, tomatoes, and strawberries can thrive in container gardens. Some can be bought as seedlings, or you can grow from seed, or from cuttings. I once grew some potatoes just from putting potato peelings in a pot.
Finding a way to grow your own food makes you more conscious of what you’re eating, and it also offers massive nutritional benefits. Nutrient degradation occurs rapidly between when produce is picked and when it is eaten. The quicker you can eat your produce after it’s been harvested, the better it is for you.
By growing your own food, you are the one to decide what goes on your plants and into your soil, allowing you to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals polluting your body, environment, and waterways.
Buying food that is locally grown from your farmer’s market, farm shop, or local grocer is a great way to minimize your environmental impact, but growing your own food takes it to the next level.
Pots and plants from St Christopher's School, Wrexham.
I’ve decided to challenge myself to do something every day for 21 days to show how living a more conscious life can help us heal ourselves and heal the earth. If you join me in the challenge please use the hashtag #heal. Will you join me?