There’s never been a better time to grow your own food! No-one really knows how food supply is going to pan out this year given the uncertainties about agricultural labour due to the pandemic. And of course looming next year, in case you hadn’t forgotten, there is the possible impact of Brexit, as the country currently relies heavily on Europe for much of its fruit and vegetables. So any degree of self sufficiency helps, and if you grow it yourself you’ll know it’s good clean and fair as well as being very satisfying.

There are many options to grow your own in the city. If you are lucky enough to have an allotment (see Peter’s blog below), you can have vegetables almost all year round.  Or you can grow on a smaller scale in your garden, or in containers in patios and even in window boxes. There is something for everyone. Of course you should still support local growers where you can, but without the farmers markets at the moment, many of the organic veg box schemes filled up very rapidly at the start of the lockdown, making it hard to buy local organic fruit and vegetables.

So why not get started growing? With the reopening of garden centres in sight, it should be a lot easier to get seeds and plants and get going. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty – there is still plenty of time this year to grow many vegetables.