Friday, 22 January 2016

Five on Friday

I hadn't planned to do a Five on Friday post this week but I seem to have the time to - in fact I seem to be on a roll this week. Perhaps at the age of 42 I've matured & can successfully manage my time. It will however all go to pot next week but we shan't dwell on that shall we.

I've been a gardener for such a long time, I can't imagine never not growing my own. For many years I gardened from my armchair before taking the plunge & digging up the lawn in the back garden & having a veg plot instead.

So here are five reasons for growing your own or perhaps there may be a myth or two put to rest

1. Gardening keeps you fit & healthy by increasing your exercise. Perhaps so if you have a large plot, but mine encourages me to have a gentle meander round the garden.

2. You can encourage plenty of wild life into the garden. This indeed is true however my resident toad cannot keep up with the slug population & the birds dislike the caterpillars on my gooseberry bushes. 

3. Gardening teaches your children where fruit & vegetables come from & encourages them to eat healthily. This again is true however even Usain Bolt couldn't make his way through a strawberry/raspberry bush at the same speed of my children.

4. Growing your own is a cheap way to eat fruit & veg. Not even close - on a small scale it is purely a hobby a blinking expensive one at that. Unless you are more organised than me which I'm sure you are.

5. Joking aside, there is no better feeling than carrying a basket of your own produce into your kitchen with the sun on your back.





Joining in with Amy's Five on Friday - pop on over to see who else has joined up x 

39 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures Jo, I think things taste even better when you've grown them yourself! :-) x

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  2. There's all that excitement of waiting for things to germinate and grow too.x

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  3. I'm looking forward to having more time this year to grow my own. Checking out my seed packets as I type!! Barbara

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  4. Yes it is a great hobby and you can do as little or as much as you are up to, whatever time in life. The weather is my worst enemy. Take care.

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  5. We have just started planning ours and are looking at all the free packets of seeds we get with a monthly magazine subscription to cut down on the costs. We grow a lot in pots, small scale so it is a little meander rather than a stroll. Have a great weekend.

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  6. It is a great hobby, and it does keep you fit and its out in the fresh air, lovely x

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  7. Dear Jo
    I totally agree - I have a small urban garden but grow raspberries and blueberries in pots and love harvesting and eating the fruit! I couldn't live anywhere without a garden.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  8. I love this post Jo. My husband laughs every year when we eat something that has come from the garden asking how 'economical' was it to produce! Hehehe. You are right we do it purely for hobby and pleasure. I wouldn't be without my beg plot, although small I love the growing season and the satisfaction it brings. As to children stripping the strawberry ants and raspberry canes bare they are indeed faster than Bolt! Great post

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  9. Added to all of those you know where your food has come from and it hasn't fl

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  10. Flown miles. Drat iPhone commenting! Xx

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  11. There's nothing better than home grown even in a small space it can be done. A third of our little garden plot is given over to veggies and the rest are grown in pots. I've enjoyed this post and glad you had time to write it up with the photos.

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  12. I agree wholeheartedly with these.
    Happy gardening, Flighty xx

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  13. I fully agree on your gardening points! Lovely photos as well.

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  14. Great reasons for growing your own! Can you grow peppers in a pot? I don't have a garden.
    Liz

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  15. Martyn keeps a record of out harvest and tots up cost compared to supermarket prices and the food we harvest does save money and cover our costs - especially soft fruit. However whether it actually saves us money is debatable as we would be unlikely to buy the amount that we grow. Imagine buying 17kg of raspberries in tiny punnets. It's more a case of eating more fresh fruit and vegetables than saving money.

    I do notice the lack of exercise in winter as does my waistline but we do have a large plot.

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  16. My harvests are going to be so much smaller this year without the plot but I shall still be growing my own to some extent, it's such a great hobby.

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  17. Those books are lovely, you should treat yourself more often and not have to ask hubby. You deserve a lovely present to yourself.
    Meredith

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  18. Your comments about gardening are all true! But you can't measure the pleasure that a garden gives you - that's its major benefit. I love seeing how much my grandchildren enjoy picking and eating tomatoes and blueberries from my plants!

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  19. Agree with your five, plus it's a great boost to mental well-being. Spending time in the garden, even if it's just picking raspberries or whatever, makes me happy :-)

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  20. Agreed! Gardening is the best.
    Amalia
    xo

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  21. There's nothing more satisfying than picking supper just before eating/cooking it. I know that we definitely save money on salad greens and tomatoes, and on the raspberries and blueberries. It is a lot of work, but so great to be outside, and it is good for the waistline.

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  22. A great post. I try and keep the costs down and don't spend too much if I can help it, but I know what you mean, it can be expensive sometimes. I was interested to see Sue's comment. I think on balance I come out on top growing my own. CJ xx

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  23. Wonderful post Jo. I should make an effort to grow more, I always find your posts inspiring.

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  24. Great reasons to garden. Someone, and Lord knows I'll never remember who, said that gardening is the slowest of the fine arts, but oh so rewarding.

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  25. I used to love my garden too I started off with great expectations but had that many failures I got very disheartened and you are right it is blinkin expensive, I must admit I had a huge crop of redcurrants and blackcurrants this year and I now have enough jam to last me 10 years. have a great weekend. :) xx

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  26. So true!!! Unless you garden on a really big scale I don't think there is any money saving, but there is great joy to be had from growing your own and that is worth an awful lot isn't it! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, happy weekend! xx

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  27. What a fab meme! I agree about the cost. Apart from when it comes to perennial crops such as asparagus. It's an outlay at first with little or no return, but if you stay in that garden or keep that allotment, it's worth it. Our last house had an old, but extraordinarily heavy cropping group of apple trees. We reaped the benefit of a past owner's outlay. I have planted an orchard here - it wasn't cheap, but hopefully, one day, it'll earn its keep. I just hope I still live here when it does!

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  28. Good post Jo, last year for the first time I got a bumper crop of gooseberries when I'd given up on ever getting much from them. We also benefit from a previous owner's plum tree and blackcurrant. Hx

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  29. Lovely post Jo. If I'm not enjoying my own garden, I love looking at other people's gardens.

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  30. Gardening is so wonderful, but here in Florida it is pathetic, I know people do it but I am usually an utter fail at it.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  31. Gardening is great isn't it but like you I am not great at keeping at all. Do you know I have never thought about the costs.........perhaps I should?

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  32. What a super five points and I agree with them all, like your photo's too.

    Have a great weekend

    All the best Jan

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  33. Love the taste of homegrown. Unfortunately I had to give up my allotment due to back problems but hope, like you, to remove some of my grass & grow fruit & veg at home instead.

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  34. Yummy looking veg! We're thinking of fencing round our entire veg plot this year to try and keep the deer out - they eat everything if given half a chance! Love your new quilting books too. xx

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  35. Yummy looking veg! We're thinking of fencing round our entire veg plot this year to try and keep the deer out - they eat everything if given half a chance! Love your new quilting books too. xx

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  36. Lovely post...I really enjoyed your '5', also enjoyed olearning about the five on friday posts...will look into this a bit further!!

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  37. I agree with you about gyo not actually being the cheap option on a small scale. Although I think once you have invested in fruit bushes/trees they soon payback. But buying seeds, compost, onion sets, seed potato costs a small fortune.

    One of these Fridays I may get my act together and join in with Five on Friday.

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