Save at the supermarket tills
With seeds and saplings costing only a few cents you can grow your own fruit and veg and save money in these tougher economic times

Stay healthy
Nutritionists recommend that we eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. By harvesting your own, you can ensure that you have the freshest food available

Save air miles
By growing and selling food in your own community, you cut down on air miles and carbon emissions that would be otherwise used to transport food to your local shops and supermarkets.

Learn new skills
Gardening, preserving and cooking skills can all be acquired by growing your own food. There is no shortage of workshops and courses are available for those who want to brush up or start from scratch

Get the family involved
Gardening offers the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your family outdoors. Growing your own food has been shown to reduce stress and offers the added health benefits of exercise, fresh air and peace and quiet