Another year comes to a close and what a year it’s been. I think we’ll all be pleased to wave this one goodbye. It’s been tough but we’ll be getting back towards normal next year.
There are some positives that have come from this year. The shortages caused by panic buying back in March showed people that our supply chains are vulnerable. This in turn caused an upsurge in people using local suppliers. A boom for farm shops and micro-suppliers. These suppliers may be a little more expensive but they’re sustainable and stable. Long may it continue.
Most sustainable though is home growing as a lot of people discovered, making good use of furlough and lockdown time. Yes, it does take some work and sometimes we don’t get the crop we hoped for but can you beat sitting down to a healthy meal that you have grown from a seed?
The economic situation is worrying, I really feel for those who have lost their jobs and businesses with all this. One thing history and experience teaches us is that things will get better. Often in ways we didn’t expect. Don’t forget growing your own means you can save money.
I think the average family could save over £1,000 a year from a full allotment or a large garden. Even a small plot can make a significant contribution to the budget. Growing things vertically like peas and beans, produces a huge return for the space used. Add in some backgarden chickens for eggs and even meat and you’re well on the way to self-sufficiency even in a small town garden.
So as we move into 2021, be positive it will be better.