I, Grohlsgirl, promise to grow my own fruit and veg

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Potential savings could be 365,000 Crucible snooker balls full of CO2 and £20 per year

Advice to help you fulfil your promise

It’s highly likely that the era of cheap food is coming to an end and that prices will continue to rise.

This, together with the fact that mass production, storage and transport of our food contributes to 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gases, means now is a great time to start growing your own!

Growing your own food cuts transport and energy to a minimum. Half the vegetables and 95 percent of the fruit eaten in the UK come from beyond our shores.

Most of it arrives by plane - and air travel gives off more CO2 than any other form of transport. Find out how the savings are calculated.

By growing your own, you know exactly what chemicals and fertilisers are being used – of course you can use organic pest control or do without pest control chemicals altogether.

What to grow?

Grow your own If you want to save the most CO2 by growing your own, it’s better to grow vegetables that come from southern Europe (courgettes, peppers and aubergines) salads and tomatoes.

Growing carrots or potatoes won't save as much CO2 as this country is almost self-sufficient in them throughout the year. Of course you will still save money and have fresh, great tasting veg if you do grow them.

According to data from the Horticultural Trades Association, sales of edible plants and seeds in 2009 totalled £116 million - of which herb sales amounted to £18 million.

home grown veg

Sales of seeds for food have now overtaken sales of seeds for flowers for the first time, with 52 per cent for food seeds compared with 48 per cent for flowers.

Our changing weather pattern predictions suggest food crops will need more water in future, especially in the south and east of the UK.

The problem is likely to get worse in some developing countries and could affect supply to the UK. So growing your own will help you adapt to these changes and no doubt higher prices.

 

How do I start?

Growing food is a fun, rewarding and very empowering hobby. The BBC’s Dig In website is a great place to help you get started. It contains everything you need to sow, grow, harvest and cook your own grub.

Find gardening schemes near you:

Local allotments and advice

Garden Societies

What if I don’t have a garden?

 

BBC Radio Sheffield

Neil Grant answers your gardening queries every Sunday morning between 9-10am with Rony Robinson. Phone in on 0112 279 6699, text 07786 205454 or email the programme on gardeningphonein@bbc.co.uk. If you miss it, you can listen to the programme on the BBC iPlayer ‘In the Garden with Neil Grant and Rony’.

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