Grow your own – and feed the country

With or without Brexit, “only 23 percent of the fruit and veg consumed in the UK is grown on the country’s farms, with garden and allotment produce contributing very little on top.”

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As we start planning our gardening for next year, the i newspaper earlier in the summer looked at how we can grow more stuff:

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How the UK could become self sufficient in fruit and veg

Gardening offers huge opportunity to be healthier and happier, bee and horticulture expert says

If UK households went on a growing spree they could produce enough fruit and veg in their gardens to feed the whole country, one of the world’s leading bee and horticulture experts has said.

Giving over half of the average garden to crops would produce 7.5 million tonnes of fruit and veg a year in the UK – ahead of the national consumption of 6.9 tonnes by weight, if not variety.

An avid gardener-cum-academic, Professor Dave Goulson’s two acre garden in the Sussex village of Black Boys contains such a wide variety of fruit and veg that there are 45 different apple varieties alone…

How the UK could become self sufficient in fruit and veg

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