According to Gardening expert and Gardeners’ World presenter Carol Klein, Brexit means it might be time to plant some vegetables.
The gardening expert told the public:
“Cultivating your garden is one of the best things to do for your health and wellbeing, and in fact can be an antidote to all the Brexit hoo-ha,”
at the Malvern Autumn Show.
If the UK decides to leave the EU without any sort of deal in-place (the so-called ‘Hard Brexit’ scenario) there are likely to be limited supply disruptions as both legal entities create new trade policies. This may just slow down the existing supply chains, or it could prevent the flow of some goods altogether.
While there is little risk of actual food shortages, some popular vegetables could be in short supply. Luckily it isn’t hard to grow your own vegetables and herbs, and they can be cultivated nearly anywhere in the UK.
Brexit May Cause Produce Prices to Rise
Ms. Klein commented:
“It’s natural that if people think things like fruit and veg are going to go up in price, or even not be available, then they might start thinking about growing their own.”
The likelihood of the UK and the EU drafting a trade agreement that is as accommodative as the one that currently exists is unlikely. Higher import taxes will drive the prices of imported fruits and vegetables up and may push domestically produced vegetable prices up until UK producers ramp up production.
A simple way to mitigate an incoming price hike is to start planting your own vegetable garden at home.
Even if you live in a small apartment with a balcony, you can do a bit of herb or potato cultivation. If you have a yard or even a small bit of land, you can plant even more. UK soil is overall of very good quality, and some compost can be brought-in if your soil needs a helping hand.
Grow Your Own and Save
If you are wondering how to start gardening, we have a few simple ideas to get you going in the right direction. There are many ways to use the space you already have, and get yummy homegrown produce in a few months’ time.
Potato Box Garden
Did you know that a 4-food wooden box can produce around 100 pounds of potatoes in a year?
It’s true. All you have to do is build (or commission) a wooden box, and fill it with good quality soil. Then you add some cut-up potatoes of your choosing and wait for the fall. If you have a greenhouse, the potato box can go year-round, and best of all, the harvest is easy.
The potato box is built with vertical slats that can be removed whenever you like, and you can take potatoes as you need them. Of course, eventually, you will have to harvest them all, and use some of the potatoes to start the next generation.
At the moment potatoes are selling from between £0.25 and £0.60 per pound at major UK supermarkets, which means that a potato box could save you at least £25 per year. You will also have a supply of potatoes whenever you want them, and they could be grown organically if you like.
Lots of Options for Homegrown Goodness
Root vegetables and herbs are easy to grow and can be planted just about anywhere. If you have a little bit more time to dedicate to gardening, cultivating your own leafy greens can also be done without too much trouble.
The cost savings from a garden are great, but you will also be doing something that is good for your health. As long as you take some basic safety precautions, gardening is a super healthy activity. Your produce will also be great for you, and you may even have enough to share with your friends!