2019 is this your year for growing your own food?
Brexit, veganism and mindfulness. Just three examples of reasons to grow your own food that I’ve read about so far this year. There’s actually a better reason, so if you need a reason to give it a go and make 2019 the year that you try growing your own food, then let it be that it is immensely enjoyable!
There is nothing nicer than switching off from the world by going into your own garden or allotment at the end of a working day and immersing yourself in the simple pleasures of sowing seeds and hoeing weeds, with nothing but the sound of birdsong and the wind gently blowing through the trees surrounding you.
I love the Alfred Austin quote ‘’The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul." It is so true and I take such pleasure from the act of gardening and the nurturing of plants, that any food production for me is actually a bonus!
This is probably the reason that I grow too much of everything each year and find myself supplying family and friends with the gluts. Most of them never want to see a courgette again by the time October comes around!
Speaking of courgettes, we have new varieties for you to try this year; Courgette Tromboncino Albenga and Courgette Tondo Chiaro Di Nizza, both Italian heritage varieties, the latter with round shaped courgettes, that have a pale green skin and great flavour and the Tromboncino Albenga' is a fun and popular summer courgette which can produce long, curled, ornamental fruit (up to 1 metre long but best harvested when they are 30cm long).
Our new flower seeds include two new Cosmos varieties. I love Cosmos and the way the tall stalks wave gracefully in a summer breeze, attracting bees and butterflies to their beautiful flowers. Cosmos Candystripe and Cosmos Purity, both available in small packets from just 55p.
We have new chillies too! Carolina Reaper for those brave enough, Chocolate Habanero for a choccie coloured heat kick and the beautifully attractive Bolivian Rainbow chilli. In addition, we have an easy grow Cayenne chilli and then the slightly naughty Peter Pepper chilli – discover why for yourself!
We have some exciting events that we will be taking part in this year; Flower Power Plant Fairs. These will all be held at amazing venues, mainly in the North of England – but usually with a wonderful garden to wander through – which also helps to give us all inspiration. There are usually cafes or tea rooms to enjoy a little rest before you go around the fair stands again and we are really looking forward to seeing lots of you there! Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with events.
Here’s to a happy growing year! Why not go to our website, seedstosow.co.uk, and look at our full range?