Good question, I hear you ask…
I’m sure many of you see the world of gardening as a complicated and alien place. Chances are, the only time you’ve heard that word is either when your Grandparents start telling you about their marigolds, or when you’ve accidentally flicked the TV onto Gardener’s World. You may once have stumbled across a garden centre, strange as that idea might be, but you’ve swiftly avoided it before being trapped forever.
I, too, was like you once. Four years ago, however, I decided to grow my own tomatoes. It was a spur-of-the-moment idea. I’m not exactly sure where it came from, to be honest. But I’ve never looked back.
That year, the weather was awful. I don’t think I ever put my Winter clothes away. Yet, at the end of 2012, I had a little harvest of tomatoes. Many people will tell you that growing your own vegetables and fruit gives you immense satisfaction when you actually come around to harvesting some food at the end of it. The truth is – I’m sure that the majority of you who are reading this probably fall asleep when people bring up the word gardening, or start talking about their pumpkins.
Instead, we’ll call ourselves growers. Whilst flowers are beautiful things, the ultimate aim of this blog is to show you, in your cheap, low-budget lifestyle, that you don’t need a lot of money to make a lot of saving with growing.
As far as hobbies go, growing your own food is probably one of the cheapest. Another very important point to make here: by growing your own spinach, potatoes, tomatoes or whatever – you’re saving those precious pennies back for drinking, travelling or for that new expensive pair of shoes. My fellow blogger, realmensow, has even broken down the costings of growing his own food just to show you how effective it can be.
Now, I’m not telling you to get an allotment. I’m also not telling you to pick up a fork and start digging. Simply by setting up a couple of plastic tubs in your windowsill and sowing them with spinach, rocket, lettuce to name a few – you can look at saving £2, or £3 a week – or the equivalent of a pint of something, cheesy chips or a little bit of money towards some new clothes.
Of course, there is also the issue of finding the time. If you work a 40-hour week but you really want to grow your own, suggest it to your friends. Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you some practical tips on how to find the time to sow, grow, crop and eat home-grown food.
Let’s start saving.