The question of why grow your own fruit and vegetables is something I’ve been asking myself a lot lately.
I’ve been watching a YouTube channel about a couple of Canadian guys. They are gay and married, not that the gay part should have anything to do with anyone but them. However, they are vegan and I find looking at what they cook for themselves interesting. Okay, I also think they are really funny.
That is the name of their YouTube channel. Now, why was I telling you about this again?
Oh yeah, food, vegan. In the following episode, they made vegan chilli. I just want to say they aren’t a food channel, it is more about them living in a RV, travelling and living off-grid.
So in this vegan chilli they used Beyond Meat, a vegan meat substitute. It got me thinking about using products like that. We get Beyond Meat here, but I avoid it as much a possible because it is an American product and the carbon footprint is huge. We have The Alternative Meat Company here who does something similar.
Anyway, getting off-topic again. That type of thing is highly processed. It is something I’m trying to avoid as much as possible these days. When we eat food that is commercially processed like that we really don’t know what we are eating.
If I was making this I would use red lentils instead. I have been substituting lentils in many of the dishes I cook these days.
So, why grow your fruit and vegetables?
It is a fascinating question, don’t you think?
It would be easy to say I’m doing it because everyone is doing it right now because of Covid 19, but I think that is more a coincidence. I have so much time on my hands right these days and getting my garden ship-shape is something I can use that time for.
Okay, so for me it is about having more control over what we eat. I know what I’m using to grow the food and I know that no pesticides will be on it. Also, I know that it is mostly organic. Well, all organic really.
Yesterday I was saying to Dave, my husband, that I love that we are eating far less processed foods now. We still have to buy a lot of our fruit and veggies, but soon that will stop, I hope. He responded by saying that he thinks he feels better knowing that we getting healthier food. He also feels better in himself.
Though, I have been surprised at how being organic isn’t vegan, or so it seems. I’ve often wondered if vegans look at who grows their fruit and vegetables.
Do they care if blood and bone is used on it? You see so many things telling organic gardeners to use that.
What about animal manure? Is that allowed? Can vegans eat vegetables that were fertilised with say chook poop?
It wasn’t until I started looking at growing my own that I even thought about that. I won’t use blood and bone, but I will use manure.
What about you
Do you have a veggie garden? Why do you grow your own?
If you don’t have one, would you like one and why?