Grow & Save

by Farhin Begum

Wondering how to prise your children away from the TV and actually get them to do something a bit more fun and interactive with the family over the summer? Then start getting your gardening tools and seeds ready!

I have been involved with Grow and Save, from the money 4 life initiative.  We created a project that has helped educate children in local nurseries and schools in Cardiff about the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables.


Gardening is actually really fun, and a great way of finding out more about the science of how plants grow, and the best part of it all is that you can get as messy as you want! As well as being an exciting and educational activity for children, it also saves a lot of pocket money, so get growing!

Rather than spending on fruits and vegetables in your local supermarkets, you’ll know that the produce you grow is as fresh and healthy as can be, with no preservatives.


vegetable seedlings CC-BY-NC science made simple

Vegetable seedlings Image: science made simple (CC-BY-NC)

The Grow and Save project started off with a money management competition called ‘Money for Life Challenge’. Young people’s projects across the UK like Grow and Save entered this competition to help their community with money management issues. My team members and I presented our idea to the judges and 100 guests, targeting nurseries and primary schools. We also answered all the judges’ questions successfully we were announced the winner of the Wales National finalist of 2013.

How much veg? How much money?

The recommended daily intake is 5 portions of fruits and vegetables.

Fruit and Veg Shopping list: science made simple CC-BY-NC

Shopping list. Image: science made simple (CC-BY-NC)


These few fruits and vegetables total up to £7.50 for just a week! (And don’t forget that some fruits and vegetables don’t even last a week, especially if they were bruised before purchasing them!)

£7.50 x 5 = £37.50 – that’s the cost of just on these fruits and vegetables for a whole month! Never mind all that junk food we add up in our monthly shopping list?

Fruit & Veg Table










Growing your own fresh fruit and vegetables will guarantee you yummy goodness; they won’t be bruised and you can pick them out before you go to work, school or just before you start cooking your meal.

Top tips

The 10 easiest fruits and vegetables to grow in the UK are…

  • Salad leaves
  • Courgettes
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Cress
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Here is a primary school book that is made by Grow & Save and Fixers (charity company helpers) which gives advice about how to grow different vegetables at home. The book has very simple and basic instructions on how to grow easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy fruits and vegetables listed above. So get growing:

Grow and Save

Did you know?

  • By growing your own fruits and vegetables outdoors, it helps you burn off calories without even noticing.
  • Gardening can be a sociable activity when you get the community involved.
  • Growing your own can give you a sense of achievement and also decreases your stress levels.

Good luck and good growing- tweet us your growing plants to @scimadesimple, we’d love to see how you’re getting along.

Here’s a picture of my garden this summer!

Growing Garden science made simple CC-BY-NC

Farhin’s Garden. Image: science made simple (CC-BY-NC)

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Grow and Save science made simple CC-BY-NC

Grow and Save! Image: science made simple (CC-BY-NC)


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