A boss once told me that having an allotment was a waste of time and effort. I would be better off spending those hours working overtime. I could then spend my hard earned money on good quality, organic vegetables from my local supermarket. Of course, from a purely financial perspective he was right. But what other reasons should persuade us to don on the wellies and reach for the spade?
1. Nutritional value
Due to modern intensive agricultural methods, the food we buy from our supermarkets contains far less nutrition than they did 60 years ago. There has been a reliable decline in the amount of phosphorus, iron, protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamins B-6, E and vitamin C over the past 50 years. We are now growing crops that are designed to make it to the shelves faster and the soil just can’t keep up the pace.
2. The taste of fresh veg
When vegetables are forced and manipulated to suit our consumer lead way of life, we inevitably lose taste, texture and colour. A poor trade off! There’s nothing better than the taste of veg straight from the allotment plot. You can’t get any fresher and you will soon lose the desire to eat anything else.
3. Be in touch with your food
There’s something profound about being a part of the process; from seed to dinner plate. It’s an incredible feeling seeing those first signs of life and spending a little time outdoors caring for your prized veg.
4. The environment
Firstly, you’ll be cutting down on the visits to the supermarket and such companies will in-turn need to adjust their deliveries. Your activities on your allotment plot will have a profound affect on the condition of the soil. The more you depend upon your plot, the greater your care and consideration will become for getting the most out of it.
5. Save money
Okay, so it won’t make you rich. You may be able to save a few hundred pounds a year profit from doing so, but the advantages of growing your own veg far out way the time and effort.