“I wasn’t panicking about a looming apocalypse but thought I’d get a few seedlings and seeds in case we found ourselves stuck at home and unable to get to the shops for some reason. When I got to the garden shops I saw they were wiped out,” he says.
“I bought more seeds than I would ordinarily buy and it was partly for the food production and partly for the relaxation and entertainment of getting out in the garden.”
Souter hasn’t tallied up the costs of setting up his garden but says he enjoys using his freshly-harvested produce in home cooking.
“I’ve had success with some good-value foods like spinach, kale, spring onions, salad greens, broccoli, cucumber, radishes and cherry tomatoes,” he says.
“It’s not like we are self sufficient but it’s nice to wander down and harvest something you grew to use when cooking dinner that night.”
Coumbe from Heyne’s says it is possible to shave money off your food bill by establishing a veggie patch, cutting food waste and reducing food miles at the same time.
“A family with a sensible-sized veggie plot can supply a lot of their seasonal vegetables,” he says.
“At our house, we grow lettuce and pick a few leaves off as we need them, it’s a harvesting technique called cut-and-come again.
“I wash and drain a few leaves, pop them in a salad spinner in the fridge and they last much longer than in a plastic packet.
“Plus, anything not being put on a truck to get to you is better for the environment.”