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August 12, 2022

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Who would have thought that the day would come when meat was cheaper than vegetables? And even if you are rich enough to afford them, will they always be available? We need to rethink about accessing all our food from the big supermarkets. The local farmers’ markets and small independent greengrocers have greater variety and are cheaper.

The good news is that it is not hard to grow some greens at home. I can always get a salad together from my garden. The easy ones that are always there either because they are perennial or they self-seed are: sorrel, parsley, mustard greens, garlic chives, mushroom plant, endive, mizuna, chicory, kale, salad burnet, lettuce, dandelion, lemon balm. There are many more but these ones seem to survive anything, even if I go away for a few weeks. Some, such as dandelion are considered weeds. It’s definitely time to learn about these edible greens that we have been pulling out of our gardens.

You can grow your own greens even if you are renting or living in a caravan. Simply put them in pots. I actually prefer growing them in pots because you can move them around to avoid the intense sun in summer, and to get the sun in winter which ensures a year-round supply.

Don’t waste your time and energy despairing about $12.90 cabbages and $10.00 lettuces, get planting and you will have greens and herbs on hand, fresh, free and easy in no time at all. It seems once the prices go up in the supermarkets, they never come down again. Remember bananas?

It is also easy to make your own tea by growing lemongrass, mint and spearmint or plant a lemon myrtle tree.

Ensure you and your family’s healthy future by planting your own delicious, healthy, easy greens. If you are new to gardening, you will discover the great joy of picking your own food to eat immediately. Sure beats shopping.

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby

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