How could you not feel gratitude and awe for nature whilst digging into homegrown fruit or vegetables? I love that feeling whilst scrubbing dirt off potatoes from my own garden, knowing that between us, nature and I have created nourishing food. (Even if it is only a very small handful after a year of the kids “weeding” my vegetable patch!)
Growing produce is a great way to get children excited about nature too. This year the kids are hopefully going to be helping more with watering than weeding and so far we have peppers, salad, beetroots, cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries and no potatoes…
A fantastic book to encourage children into the garden is ‘Gardening for Beginners’ by Usborne. It’s full of bright pictures and easy to follow instructions. Covering topics from composting to pest attacks, it’s actually very informative. It also covers some handy safety tips such as keeping an eye out for dog poo and not putting compost in your eyes, both of which would benefit my feral mob.
Even without a garden, there are foods you can grow. You might not become self-sufficient in a studio flat, but adding a handful of your own home-sprouted greens to a salad can give you a huge health boost as well as a nature boost. There are some great (and surprising) articles out there explaining how to grow herbs, mushrooms, lemons, avocados and much more indoors. Look it up and get growing then share your stories and photos of your very green apartments!
The Royal Horticultural Society ‘Allotment Handbook’ is an incredible book and covers pretty much everything you ever need to know about growing fruit and veg. It’s also a beautiful book with great photographs. Really nice to flick through if you’re a bit of a nature geek and like photos of plants…
Finally, I had to include a wonderful book called ‘Creative Vegetable Gardening’ by Joy Larkcom. This book is very inspiring. My copy is falling apart and sun-faded, but very well read. It has some great ideas and really makes you question the traditional ‘rows of carrots’ vegetable plots. I love that it encourages appreciating vegetables for their beauty in a garden as well as being a source of food. However, due to an unbelievable amount of slugs in our area and my habit of relocating plants on a whim, I have yet to have success growing veg in this manner.
I don’t get paid to review books or products. These reviews are my personal opinions and thoughts and I’d like to think that they are totally unbiased and without any motive other than sharing enjoyment with others.