Planters and Planners

Knowing where your food comes from is very important, it more nutritious as it has not been sat in a truck or on a shelf, its cheaper and keeps travel miles lower which is better for the environment. You can also ensure nothing you are eating is GMO or full of chemicals. Bartering your supply with friends or neighbours will ensure you can have a veriaty of  things to try. 

Improved mental health and wellbeing. Growing your own fruit and vegetables might take some time out of your day, but it is certainly time well spent. Gardening is a great way to combat stress and anxiety, with fresh air and exercise being widely recommended to people suffering with mental health. You can get the whole family involved and teach kids to love fruit and veg.

“Growing your own veg is like printing your own money is his quote.” ~ The Gangster Gardener, Roy Finley ~

The best thing we can do is start growing our own veg. Not only will we save money, in the long run, but it is also incredibly therapeutic and means we know exactly what goes on our food.The USA and UK are now the sickest countries in the world and a mere 2% of people grow their own veg. In the 1950s 50% of people did.

The growth in the fast food industry as well as processed foods, increasing mortgages so two parents need to work instead of one, have all contributed to meaning the food we put in our bodies has come bottom of the list in our priorities. In the 1950s we used to spend 25% of our budget on food – that has reduced to a mere 10%. Sadly cheap food is generally very processed food. This food causes inflammation in our bodies, is highly addictive due to it’s high sugar and salt content and contains a multitude of ingredients we’ve never heard of. We’re being conditioned to believe that buying new clothes, the latest gadget, having monthly outgoings such as expensive phones, internet and TV packages have become our essential items. Our bodies are suffering because of this.

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, alzheimers, dementia, cancer are just some of the health problems that continue to rise yet few people are told to look at what is in their shopping basket.

‘Let food be thy medicine’ said ….

We can change our health dramatically if we start looking at what we put into it. When a Dr put 2,000 of her patients onto an organic diet all of their health problems disappeared. Women who’d suffered years of infertility were finally able to get pregnant. Yet since the 1960s our food has been sprayed with pesticides and now farmers have to pay to be registered as organic farmers. Organic food, which used to be available to every single person on the planet, is considered by most too expensive to buy thus allowing the cycle to continue.

There are plenty of organic growers in the UK as well as small groups of people selling food boxes to their local community. Riverfords are an incredible organic veg supplier and Hodmedods sells organic produce all made from their base in Norfolk.

A sick person has one dream – to be healthy. Think of how many dreams we’d have if we were all healthy.

Please let us know if you are a local group or if you know of a local group providing organic products and we’ll add them to this page.

We also have a team of very experienced gardeners over on telegram available to answer any of your questions. Click here to access their group. (telegram link)


Learn to grow your own

Return to the Earth shows you how to grow your own food and how to free yourself from dependency on the food system. 5 week online courses available. Click above to see when a course is running.

Get Diggin' - Growing veg in other peoples gardens.