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Six Simple Ways to Get Vegetable Seeds For Free

So now you’ve made the decision to ‘grow-your-own’ food, and you’re ready to get started. But you might be in for a bit of a shock! If you head to the garden centre and buy a handful of seed packets, you’ll probably wince when see the total at the check-out. Although it’s an easy way to get started, it’s certainly not the cheapest. So here are six simple ways to get seeds and plants, either for free or at a very low cost, which will help any budget-conscious gardener.

1. Share seed packets with friends

Packet usually contain quite a lot of seeds, sometimes too much for the average family, especially if you’re short of space. With some crops, such as salad leaves, lettuces or radishes, you can save seeds for sowing later (known as ‘succession sowing’ so you have an ongoing supply of your crop), but often there’s just too many to use. So why not get together with some friends and share the cost of your seeds. You could even agree to take on growing a couple of vegetables each and then swap plants when they’ve grown a bit. And it’s always good to work with others for a little moral support.

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Helping Your Child Grow Food for Packed Lunches

Children love gardening, so there’s no better way to harness this love than to help them to grow food for their packed lunches. They are far more likely to eat what’s in their lunchbox if they’ve had a hand in nurturing it, so growing fruit and vegetables together will be a real winner.

Do I need a garden?

You don’t need acres of space to grow food for a healthy packed lunch. Even if you only have a windowsill, you can still grow your own food. Sprouting seeds, such as mung beans, can be ‘grown’ in a glass jar. Or add a fun touch by growing traditional mustard and cress in decorated egg shells or little containers. You can grow delicious items in pots or Grow-bags on a small balcony, but if you are lucky enough to have a garden or allotment, you have an even greater choice.

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Healthy Packed Lunches for Children: How to Involve Your Child

We all know that children can be notoriously fussy eaters and there’s nothing more depressing than having their lunchbox come home almost as full as it was in the morning. So how can you get your children to eat more of their packed lunch? Of course, there are no magic solutions, but involving children in making decisions about their packed lunches will help them to feel more positive about them. These tips will show you how.

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How to Transform Your Packed Lunches

New Year, new you? Are you one of the many people who has decided that 2015 is the year you will get fit and eat healthily? And would you like to save money as well? Then you may want to start by thinking about your packed lunches.

Spend less

If you’re one of those who grabs a meal deal every day because it’s quick and ‘good value’, you could be throwing your money down the drain. Shelling out £3 daily adds up to a whopping £750 each year, totalling £33,000 over a lifetime of work! Just imagine what you could do with an extra £750 each year!

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