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10 Reasons to grow your own

Although the idea of ‘growing your own’ may fill you with a sense of dread, as it is something you feel you have no understanding or knowledge of, the positive benefits of growing your own fruit and veg are incredible – and, the good news is, you really don’t need a large garden or outside space to be able to reap the positive benefits…

Not only is growing our own, good for us, it is good for our wallets and it’s great news for the planet too.

Christine Farrell

Did you know? The food we buy from our local supermarkets, has often travelled an almighty 1500 miles to reach our shelves…

Here are our top 10 reasons why you should grow your own…


They taste better

It’s true; you really cannot beat the flavour of freshly picked fruit and veg. And don’t worry if you only have a windowsill, there are some super easy vegetables and herbs you can grow indoors such as micro-herbs, mushrooms and tomatoes!

They are better for you and better for the environment

Growing our own veg means we can say ‘no’ to the copious amounts of chemical nasties and pesticides that modern farming practices rely on. The dazzling array of chemicals used, may help keep crops healthier, but they play havoc with our health and are really bad for our pollinators too…Discover how you can make your outside spaces wildlife havens as we look to save the #Bees.

Growing your own will save you cash

And that has to be good. Imagine what you could do with all the money you save.

You waste less

It’s true, and that is not just good news for you, it’s another major benefit for the planet, as food waste is bad news for everyone, and everything. In fact, food waste is a major contributor to climate change. When food rots it produces methane, a gas that is 23 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide or CO2. “The more we waste the more we accelerate the effects of climate change and that is bad news for everything”… Look out for our special feature on food waste and what we can do to help combat it.

Growing your own reduces your carbon footprint

Growing your own is an easy way you can reduce the impact you have on the world, as it cuts down the carbon footprint caused by food production and distribution. And this has far-reaching benefits for, not just us, but for mankind.

Growing your own makes you feel good

Being outside is one thing we can all do to improve our state of mind. And, being outside has been scientifically proven to help us feel better, combat loneliness, depression, and alleviate the ‘bad mood’ – so, why not head outside and put some positivity into your day-to-day routine.

It’s great exercise for the whole family!

In fact… 15 minutes of digging is just one activity you can do in the garden that can help you keep fit and healthy. And, that is good news as we look to regain control of our diet and waist lines.

Growing your own gives you much more choice

Yes, growing your own means that you get to introduce new varieties of fruit and veg into your family meals. Look out for some super easy meal-time inspiration.

Growing your own boosts your levels of Vitamin D

Vitamin D often referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is a vitamin that is not just essential for helping us maintain healthy bones and teeth, as it regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorous in the body, it also helps us fight disease, reduce depression and can even help boost weight loss.

Just 20 minutes of sunlight on our skin everyday, can help optimise our levels of vitamin D. We cannot absorb the sun’s rays that stream in through our glass windows or roofs. So, what are you waiting for, get out and get some sunlight today…


They are guaranteed to be fresh

It may sound obvious but when you grow your own, everything you pick is guaranteed to be fresh, fresh, fresh, and there really is nothing quite like eating food that is fresh, local and in season…

Read ‘10 Steps to growing success‘ for tips to help you get started. If you don’t have enough outside space try growing edible plants indoors.

If you have a top tip, or reason for growing your own, please share it with the OYOO tribe!

Christine Farrell

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