There are quite a few reasons for this, the main one being that I just don't enjoy doing it, it's a lot of effort for not that much of a payoff. As we'd be growing such a small amount of stuff it would, in my view, been too resource intensive - it takes a lot of water to really clean something like a homegrown lettuce, not to mention the time, the forward planning and the fending off wildlife. I love the idea of it, but the reality is just not fun for me.
One of the other reasons is the excess and potential for waste, if things don't work out I've wasted time, effort, money and space for nothing, and if they do work out there's an over abundance of food. That would be great if we ate plenty of jams, chutney, cakes, crumbles and pickles, or drank lots of flavoured vodka but it's not something that we would make use of here, or if we would it would all be in addition to our usual way of eating and so in my view is wasteful. And giving gifts like that would not be well received in my circles, it's the reason I don't generally give away anything I've sewn either.
I know what all the growers are thinking - it's the flavour. This is one of those subjects where neither side will every change their view, a frozen pea or a fresh pea makes no difference at all to me having eaten plenty of both, but I know it's a minority view. The main difference seems to be the language people use to describe the process of popping an oh-so deliciously sweet pea straight from the sun kissed pod into my mouth and feeling the fresh flavour burst all over my tastebuds, that kind of thing.
Oh well, each to their own - another phrase that makes me want to throw my laptop through the window while I'm on a roll. Clearly I'm an intolerant person.
I surely can't be the only one who just doesn't feel the joy of growing your own.