Green flash 52: grow your greens!

It’s not too late to grow your own produce. And just think of all the benefits of free exercise and free food, the sense of satisfaction and the delicious feeling of pride!

May is the perfect month for sowing seeds and planting plants. Whether they come from a packet or from the garden centre, green food plants like lettuce, broccoli, spinach, rocket and cabbage will flourish in warm moist weather.

If you’re new to vegetable growing, a good place to start plants from seed is on a warm sunny windowsill. This way you can control the temperature and the amount of water they get. But most seeds can be sown outdoors after the end of April so long as you keep a careful eye on them.

You can grow in tubs in the garden, in raised beds and even among the flowers.

If you don’t have a garden, you can grow salads and herbs outside in a window box.

You can take on an allotment if you have time and energy but it’s a good idea to start small. Don’t try to cultivate a large area all at once. Just clear and dig a small space and sow something that is quick growing, like mixed salad leaves.

The internet is full of advice but one of the best websites is this one from the Royal Horticultural Society.

And if you already doing any or all of the above, good luck, work hard and enjoy the benefits.

There’s no pleasure like that of eating your own home-grown food.

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