When I was growing up, one of the TV programmes that I loved to watch was reruns of ‘The Good Life’. The 1970s series, which followed Tom and Barbara Good and their attempts to become self-sufficient, was a major hit that was voted the 9th best sitcom of all time in 2004, and is, in some ways, more relevant that ever today, when more and more people are having a go at growing their own fruit, vegetable and herbs.
There really is nothing better than eating something fresh that you have grown in your own garden. It is a bit of a tradition in my family, my grandad grew his own tomatoes, lettuces and carrots, my late mother-in-law grew her own herbs and rocket. We now have fruit trees in our garden that give us plums and damsons which are perfect for making jams with, or just for picking and eating straight from the tree. What I really want to grow next summer is my own strawberries – by far my favourite fruit, and so I have been looking at the packages you can find at Stacks of Flavour, a company that wants to make growing good quality fruit and vegetables accessible to everyone.
Stacks of Flavour have created mini allotments in beautifully rustic crates. Whether you are looking to grow your own strawberries, create a herb garden, or grow all you need for a great salad, Stacks of Flavour have put together a crate that will suit you. They even have crates collections for growing your own heat filled chillies, or a pizzabox crate where you can quite literally grow your own toppings.
If you are a more seasoned, experienced gardener, you might be happy just to buy an empty crate to create your own mini garden, or there are seven collections that have been put together by Stacks of Flavour. There is also a lovely option to personalise the crate, which would make these a lovely present for a gardening fanatic or a budding Tom or Barbara Good. The crates come in a range of different sizes which means that you can create a lovely, ecologically sound garden even if you have a very small backyard, or even just a balcony.
Have you ever had a go at growing your own food? What did you grow?