Nowadays, growing your own fruit and veg is more popular than ever before. Rising food costs and increased eco-awareness both have a part to play – but it’s not just about practicality. Gardening is relaxing, gives you access to exciting new ingredients and can even help counter depression. As an added bonus, it gives you a cheap and easy way to give unique presents to foodie friends for a fraction of the cost of a bottle of posh olive oil.
Grow, Eat, Gift aims to give you all you need to start gardening no matter how little space you have. If you’ve got a windowsill, you’ve got a garden – and it needn’t break the bank. Learn how to recycle everyday items to make practical pots, kitsch planters and even mini-greenhouses. I’ll also be keeping an eye out for amazing garden bargains, to help you get maximum reward from minimum expenditure.
Whether you’re after (near) instant gratification or prefer to take things a little more slowly, there are fruits and vegetables out there to suit your personality. Discover the plants that are eager to please, like being ignored or are at least a little forgiving if you neglect them for a few days.
And once you’ve grown your own produce, there are multiple ways to enjoy it. Create your own unique drinks from home-grown fruit (think rhubarb and ginger vodka rather than damson wine); make original planters for gourmet friends; enjoy sophisticated sauces and quirky condiments; or use the herbs you’ve grown to make cheap but decadent beauty products. Your garden offers almost unlimited opportunities – which will only increase if you make gifts for fellow gardeners that you can swap for a share of their produce.
No matter how rushed you are, there are easy ways to fit gardening into your life. Whether you’re a beginner or simply looking for a little creative inspiration, Grow, Eat, Gift is here to help you add something fresh to your life – and save you some cash at the same time.