Grow your own in a large garden
If you have a large outdoor space or an allotment then it’s easy to grow some of your own veggies and fruit with a little bit of planning.
1. More space allows you to practice crop rotation, which is the best way to deter pests and prevent diseases. Grow your potatoes, brassicas (cabbages, broccoli, cauliflowers etc), root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, beetroots etc) and legumes (peas and beans) together and each year move them to a different spot so they are not grown in the place two years running.
2. More space also means you can grow a greater variety of crops but remember you don’t need to go crazy but stick to things that you know you will eat.
3. You won’t be able to be self-sufficient with a large garden but growing your own will help with reducing the amount of fresh produce you have to buy.
4. There is a worry from some people that they have to be self-sufficient and they feel pressurised, but it’s growing for pleasure and flavour that are key.
5. Select the varieties you grow for taste. Commercial growers often go for the way veggies and fruit look but when you’re growing your own taste is more important than the look and uniformity of the produce.
6. With a larger garden you can also have chickens if you wish. Go for old-fashioned, heavy breeds such as Light Sussex or Rhode Island Red, and you could not only have your own homegrown veggies and fruit, but also your own eggs.