Do you have some backyard space or even a balcony where you can put some pots?
5 reasons to start growing your own food:
1. Freshest food possible! It still makes me smile in amazement when all I need to do to add some fresh mint to a smoothie, whip up a batch of basil pesto dip, add herbs to a dish or more lettuce to my salad is to just go outside and harvest from my own garden. If fresh is best, than freshly picked 2 minutes ago is even better!
2. No chemicals! When you grow your own food you know exactly what has been used in its production. Eating organic as much as possible is really important to me. Growing my own food means I can choose where I get the seeds or seedling, what I have used to help give them nourishment and I can be 100% confident no herbicides or pesticides have been used.
3. You can save yourself money! Organic herbs, vegetables and fruit can be expensive. Herbs and lettuces especially have been quite easy to grow and have helped saved us money on these organic items. We went for two months without buying cucumbers this summer! Growing some of your own food allows you to extend the food budget for other items like grass fed meat. Gardening does come with its own expenses (and honestly sometimes things you spend money and time on don't always end up successful) but as you get more established and experienced the savings soon add up.
Having backyard chickens is definitely saving us lots of money on free range eggs! And as most people has realised from starting Paleo...you can go through a lot of eggs LOL! The cost to keep chickens (mainly just feed and straw for their nesting box) is very small compared to the free eggs and garden manure we get. They are also useful bug catchers, garden bed plowers, scrap eaters and compost turners.
4. Growing your own food helps meet so many of the Paleo Basics. (In this case, clean eating, daily sunshine, stress management, and movement.) Paleo is more than just the food, it is an holistic approach and all the Paleo Basics are important for good health. Firstly the basic of 'clean eating' from the obvious chemical free fresh produce you are producing. 'Sunshine' is vital for the health of your plants and you; growing your own food helps to lure you outside to check on progress. I love soaking up the morning sun at breakfast time, a garden hose in one hand and a smoothie in the other. Gardening is also calming and can help to lower stress levels. Lastly, as there is always something to do, gardening is enjoyable functional movement!
5. Gardening and growing your own food is a wonderful connection to nature. At the risk of sounding too hippy, planting a new seedling, picking some fruit, turning the compost, collecting the eggs, or just sitting on the grass and admiring the miracles of nature are beneficial connections with the earth and the energy from living things. Especially in this fast paced modern world with so many buildings, hard surfaces and electrical devises, connecting with the earth helps to calm and rebalance us. Having a producing backyard, gets me outside in the morning to water, feed the animals, get some fresh morning air and witness new growth. A nurturing self care thing to do before getting on a train to head to an office all day.
There is lots of ripening fruit on it, so I will wait until the end of fruiting season then give it a massive prune back.