Bargain Hunter: Save £268 a year by growing your own fruit and veg

Botanist James Wong is fronting the Edible Garden Show at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre in Warwickshire

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Growing your own fruit and vegetables could save you an average of £268 a year and DIY botany is more widespread than you might think. Almost two-thirds of Britons have grown their own produce in the past five years with tomatoes the most popular, followed by herbs, strawberries, potatoes and lettuce.

"Up to 3,000 edible crops can be grown extremely easily in the UK climate," said the botanist James Wong. "Not only does it add variety to the ingredients you cook with, and help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle – it also saves you. It is much cheaper to grow saffron than to buy it in the shops."

He is fronting the Edible Garden Show being held at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, from 11 to 13 March. You can find more details at

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