Just grow your own

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So you like gardening? Maybe you don’t like gardening but the pandemic is making you like grocery shopping even less, so you’re looking to growing your own instead? Let me introduce you to the tomtato.

Yes, you read that right the first time – and wrong.

It isn’t just this rather odd idea, but part of a crop of ideas that target growing your own in limited space. The tomtato is a hybrid tomato and potato which sees one crop growing the ground and the other above ground, and its been around for at least a decade.

Before it was the tomtato, it was the pomato but that doesn’t actually matter. What matters is that it is two plants that provide two different foods from one spot. It is rather absurd, when you think about it, that you would buy something from a shop that grows quite naturally in almost any piece of ground.

Now, in many cases fruits and vegetables exotic to your location are not going to thrive but the staples you are used to will grow just as well in your little collection of pots as it does on any of the regional farms.

There’s very few valid reasons that you cannot grow at least some of your food requirements, and none of them are financial. If you have money or not, you can grow your own food and it is that much easier to reduce your exposure to chemicals that commercial growers must resort to in order to guarantee crop yields.

Tips, tricks, advice and videos abound on the internet of smart ways to grow your own food and what is required to do is successfully. Use the technology available to learn something useful instead of looking at cat videos (although that’s a good way to pass the time and entertain yourself as well).

Different times of the year favour different foods, so do your research before throwing just anything into the soil.

On a final note, you don’t have to fly aircraft to enjoy aviation stories. Outside of the dogfights of WWII, I think this is one of the most fun flying stories to be found. Instead of reading it, which was my first introduction to it, here’s your opportunity to hear it straight from the pilot, Major Brian Shul. Yes, it’s about the SR-71. The Blackbird.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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