Welcome, my name is Philip but everyone calls me PK 🙂
I find that growing and catching a meal’s ingredients yourself gives you a connection to the meal and hence those you share it with. One day I realised that I wanted to connect with people that feel the same way and this blog was born.
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So why do I love growing, catching and cooking my own food?
You get to be Outdoors
Many of us spend too long in our stuffy offices, driving in peak hour traffic or stuck on the couch using phones and tablets.
Your crops get you outside into the sunlight and the fresh air plus being amongst greenery is a special trick for our happiness. The colours blue and green are most commonly our favourite colours and it is suggested that the stress relieving properties of these colours derive from our forest, river and ocean-side living origins.
I find that cooking with ingredients you grew or caught yourself, gives you a greater connection to the finished meal. Your efforts in the garden will be rewarded with fresh ingredients, that look and smell amazing and you will find yourself enjoying putting them to the best use. This enjoyment and connection is multiplied when you share these special meals and conversations with your friends, family and the wider community of like-minded people.
Growing and catching your own food is great for the environment. Doing so significantly reduces the amount of fossil fuels required to get vegetables and meat from the ‘paddock’ to your plate. Your home harvests simply need cutting, a quick rinse and they are ready to use.
Because of our city living, we are often eating food that was commercially grown, transported a great distance and packaged in plastic for our convenience. Home grown food is one way to reverse this trend. You can go even further by composting, worm farming and companion planting (planting plants high in natural insecticides or those that encourage good bugs to visit thereby lowering the need for man-made fertilisers and insecticides.
Home growing offers a wide variety of seasonal fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Compared to what is available in a modern supermarket, humans ate a fresher and broader range of plant foods. The variety of your home-grown harvest will not just impress your tastebuds but your body will be getting a greater range of nutrients making for a happier healthier you.
Just like with any passion interest, every day brings something new and bit by bit you learn more and more from the environment and those who share your passion.
I recently became passionate about growing as much fresh produce as I can. I live on a small urban block in Western Australia and adore sharing my home grown experiences to inspire others to grow their own food too.