I love fresh produce. I believe you harness the best flavours when the ingredient is in its purest form, so I try go as close to pure as possible.
But this can be very expensive for home cooking, food and life is expensive as it is. So to solve this dilemma, I’ve always had my own garden. I remember my first garden was a vegetable garden in our backyard, when I was 11 years old. I had cabbages, lettuce, onions and spinach. I think this is when I fell in love with fresh produce, I didn’t cook then but selling the cabbages and onions gave me good pocket money.
Over the years I’ve always had a version or another of a garden. But gardening has gotten more and more difficult these days. Space has become quite a commodity in urban living.
So solution: ROOF TOP Garden!
Yes, because of space constraints my garden is on a roof top! But it still gets sun exposure, fresh air and rain.
Space is not an excuse anymore. You can plant whatever you want and whenever you want to. I’ve used pots, old rusted braai(barberque) stands and you can even use window seals for herbs. A garden, in any shape or form, provides you with fresh, free and at your convenience produce.
I also enjoy gardening as a pastime, I find my veggies and herbs calming. I have chairs by my garden and when I’ve had a long day, I love sitting amongst my plants enjoying a glass of wine. And that amazing feeling you get when you go water your plants and you see how much they’ve grown; irreplaceable.
Try gardening, it really can be an investment towards your taste buds, health and sanity.