Whether you’re looking to have some fun with the family or want to save some money, it seems growing your own could be the solution
New research from Appliances Direct has found an increasing number of us are turning to growing their own – in fact, surveying 1,009 UK homeowners, it was found that 52 per cent of Brits have started.
The most popular proved to be tomatoes, with 87 per cent saying they enjoyed harvesting their own.
The next favourite was potatoes (79 per cent), while peas (73 per cent), strawberries (61 per cent) and radishes (59 per cent) rounded up the top five homegrown foods.
When participants were asked about why they grew their own, the main reason was found to be because they wanted to have fun with their family (55 per cent).
Nearly a third (32 per cent) said they grew their own fruit and veg because they thought it was cheaper (and you can find out more about how much it can save you here), while 29 per cent admitted they were motivated by a desire to make healthier choices.
Mark Kelly, marketing manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk, said: "It’s fascinating to see just how many Britons are trying their hand at growing their own fruit and vegetables in the garden."
"It’s a fact that the fresher fruit and vegetables are, the better they are for you, so there’s no denying the health benefits of homegrown fruit and veg but as our research shows, it’s also a fun activity for all of the family to enjoy as well as being very cost friendly."
"Those who are yet to try harvesting their own fruit and veg need not worry about space either - many plants do well in containers and pots, which can be positioned to sit on sunny, sheltered terraces (the conditions most veg plants like best) – so no need to worry about building an allotment in your back garden."