The following is a guest post from Grow Harvest Cook.
Click here for instructions on how to GROW HARVEST AND COOK your own honey.
Food is one of life’s necessities and the skill of growing and preparing your own food, whilst a valuable and rewarding, is not one commonly learned these days. Sadly, having the compulsory passionfruit vine, tomato plant, lemon tree or even hens in the backyard are seldom seen these days.
Grow Harvest Cook was set up as a blog by 4 women with a common interest in rekindling the link between ‘Garden and Plate’. The aim is to show people how simple it is to grow your own produce, whether that be container planting for apartment dwellers or a full blown vegetable patch and then prepare it in a delicious way.
The concept that it is ‘too’ difficult is one that we are determined to change – 1 zucchini at- a-time !!
Meredith Kirton our wonderful horticulturist professes a lifelong commitment to sustainable living and Mandy Sinclair our resident food editor is passionate about educating our children in the whole process of food production and the thrill of cooking a delicious meal sourced from a home harvest.
There are both environmental and financial reasons for reducing the ‘food miles’ it takes to get dinner on the table. If reducing your carbon footprint is your aim – then try growing leafy greens, such as spinach and salad leaves. They are so easy to grow in a pot or plot and as they are generally consumed daily, it is simple to pick the number of leaves required for that meal. The fuel it takes to ship and package produce that can be harvested daily is such a waste, but beyond even this is the joy your children will feel at pulling their own lettuce or carrot directly from the ground.
The community garden and co-op movement is also growing momentum and is a great place to start, if establishing your own vege patch seems overwhelming. But even these cause the most common conundrum, ‘what to do with a glut’ ! Of course when something is in season we have a bounty of it, and therefore need to learn what to do with the excess to prevent wastage. Grow Harvest Cook addresses this issue by giving recipes on preserving, freezing and storage.
Sustainability and sustainable living cannot be ignored any longer, and education is the key. Grow Harvest Cook is committed to be a helping hand in that education.
Click here for instructions on how to GROW HARVEST AND COOK bay leaves.
For more information visit www.growharvestcook.com.au or look out for our first book ‘grow harvest cook’ available from 1st September 2013.
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