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This is a book of ideas of things to grow and make, things that other people will love when harvest time comes, and things that are more interesting, fun to grow, and nicer than the stuff you can find in a supermarket.
It includes simple things like making herb teas, growing edible flowers, and making natural vegetable dyes.
This book came out of support from the Big Lottery Fund for a project called Seeds, Soup and Sarnies that gave the Eden Project a chance to work with local families and communities to explore the benefits of growing and sharing food together.
Growing our own not only gives us good things to enjoy, it encourages us to stay active. Gardening and cooking things together is also a great way to get to know people and make friends.
It is even possible to grow things for sale and make really helpful bits of money to contribute to group activities, buying tools and generally keeping things going.
Our experience of growing is not always perfect though - often you either have a disaster with some crops and bring home nothing but some slug-chewed remnants, or things seem to go too well and you get buried under a glut that you can’t possibly get through.
Swapping, sharing and selling are all brilliant ways of dealing with shortages and gluts, but it works even better if there is a bit of planning ahead. That way everyone isn’t faced with trying to get rid of jars of green tomato chutney at the same time!