I love the idea of being a little bit self sufficient. I can't say completely self sufficient because I'm not about to go milling my own flour or slaughtering my own animals or anything like that. What I am able to do is grow my own fruit and veggies.
We weren't very organised over summer and only managed to get two cherry tomato plants in. Our kids LOVE cherry tomatoes. This summer wasn't very friendly though, very humid and not really a lot of sun. So although we have quite a few tomatoes on the plants, they are taking quite a while to ripen up and if they don't do it this week I think they will be a lost cause.
Anyway, onwards and upwards, we have some more ground cleared and it's time to think about what we can plant for winter. We all love broccoli so that will be a definite. I'll need to make a visit to our nursery and see what else they have and what will grow in our climate.
Growing your own also helps you understand what is in season and therefore what will be cheaper to buy. This can make a huge difference to your shopping bill. Even if you don't have green fingers or don't have the time for gardening, knowing what is in season is very useful when you are on a budget.
Hopefully we will be able to get to our garden this weekend and get some veggies in. It's a great project for the kids too, they love seeing the plants develop and then eating what they have grown.
Even if you only have room for a few pots, growing something you can eat is really rewarding. And money saving!!