grow it cook it preserve it eat it wendy pillar blog gardener grow your own in dorset
There are very good reasons to do it, though. A major one for me is lack of trust in the food we buy. I'll give you one reason why I don't trust Big Business to supply my food. About 18 months ago I suffered a severe allergic reaction to a 'natural' honey skin cream purchased from M&S. I came up in what looked like chemical burns when my skin was exposed to the sun. The doctor had seen nothing like it and took photographs; it took weeks of steroid treatment to heal, and longer for the scars to fade. I couldn't go out in daylight for a month -
When you grow your own food you witness its entire journey from seed to plate. You know what you put on the soil, what you fed it with, when the produce was picked, what, if anything, you sprayed it with, and how and when it was cooked. No food that you buy can match that provenance. We have no idea what chemicals have been sprayed on the fruit and veg in the supermarket. Companies are obliged to declare what chemicals are added to processed food, but if your apples, say, have been dosed with insecticide monthly all year and then sprayed with something to extend their shelf-
There is more to it than simply lack of trust of the food chain though, or the health benefits of the activity associated with gardening. Growing food reconnects us to the food chain. It reminds us how difficult it can be to get food, how much skill goes into it, how basic to life itself it is. You cannot take food for granted when you grow it. It is an immensely satisfying thing to do, to produce an entire meal by your own hand. And the delayed gratification of waiting for each food to come into season and then feasting on it for a short time, always looking forward to the next thing, increases the pleasure of eating enormously.
There is one more aspect of home-
Growing your own might not be rational, but it is something higher than rational. The reasons for doing it transcend mere logic, sums and effort calculations. It is a supra-