I hope this post will be encouraging to those wanting to save money, yet have a healthy lifestyle.
I really disagree with a lot of the healthy food prices and their continuous increase. When I still lived in my hometown, Doncaster (I was vegetarian at the time) and always took my granny-trolley to their famous Market every Friday and filled it up with local fruit and veg. I do miss this weekly shop – a decade ago, I could buy a carrier bag full of curly kale for 30p; it just sounds hard to believe. Today I find it discouraging for anyone wanting to get healthy, despite constant obese media messages.
I frugally buy my fruit and veg to bulk up my meals and often let it take lead (as mentioned in my last post: pork lasagne recipe).
After moving home last year to a house that demands much of our time, doing any kind of gardening was a no-no in case we had to dig it up. I did have a spot of luck though and inherited a delicious damson plum tree though (karma, I say) and made some crumbles, slivovitz for hampers and jams.
However, the previous year, I had my first success in our first garden and set out to spend my weekends propagating any seeds I could find. I had a great selection of herb, potatoes, spring onions, some failed bitten strawberries – nothing went to waste! And my most proud veggies were the simplicity of butternut squashes.
Since butternut squashes are expensive, I decided to scoop out the seeds from the one I bought from Tesco and try to grow them. This was very much an afterthought during the season and by the time it was early October, I had to cut them all off and mature indoors before the frost got them. I had also run out of plant food and had a two week holiday and could not look after them. I found a redundant soil patch in our garden and tried growing them all and got 6 out of them (One had already been turned into my favourite soup).
Potatoes were also very easy to grow after purchasing reduced planting potatoes from Homebase at 50p a bag – I grew 3 types potatoes which also needed very little help.
So now the house renovations are settling slightly, I am doing the same this year but suggest you start thinking about holding back your seeds to start growing at the beginning of April, ready for a July harvest. I cannot wait to create recipes for my YouTube channel using my home grown produce – I like to think it will be the gift that keeps on giving.
I am also holding back little pots with lids – I do have propagators but I think these recycled Quark pots make a great point.
I haven’t decided whether this topic will be suited for my vlogging channel or recipe channel as of yet – depending on what style I will be filming, but I hope this has inspired you to try eating your own home grown Slimming World healthy recipes – I know my meals tasted so much better when I had success.
I will keep my blog updated with any kitchen gardening topics, but note I do feel, if it doesn’t produce food, I don’t usually grow it.
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