Live Lagom: Living Lagom with Ana
For Ana, growing fresh fruit and vegetables at home was the key to healthier living for the whole family.
Starting a family renewed our love for home-grown food. Outside, in our garden, was the best place to start our mission to get healthy.
What does Lagom mean? Lagom comes from the Swedish phrase “Lagom är bäst” (the right amount is best), which we believe is the secret to sustainable living.
Ana and her partner Raul are from Spain, but it was after they both moved to Glasgow that they found each other. Their frst home together was a tenement flat, but they now have a three-bedroom house with a garden. Their daughter Alexandra is three, and Ana is expecting their second child. They got involved with Live Lagom at the perfect time, as they wanted to return to the healthy lifestyles they’d led in Spain. Now, Ana is inspiring others to get green-fngered, as a Live Lagom leader.
"I’ve moved home so many times, I’d forgotten everything about recycling and wasting water. When my partner and I decided to start a family, we realised we needed to return to our healthy lifestyles. It was at the same time that I started working at IKEA. I saw the advert for Live Lagom and thought, this is perfect for me."
"My parents had a house in the mountains, where we had orange trees, tomato plants, peppers and more. When I first moved to Glasgow, I had no garden, so I didn’t think it would be possible to grow fruit and veg. Live Lagom gave me the idea to start planting things in pots on the windowsill, so I grew tomatoes, cucumber, basil, thyme and chives."
"Now our new garden has a cherry, lemon and olive tree, as well as beetroot, broad beans, raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. It’s actually easier because of the rain – you don’t have to water things as much."
"Raul loves to barbecue, but instead of using coal, I’ll collect branches from the garden. In Spain, we cook on a chimney, with wood from the mountains, so we’re recreating the Mediterranean in Glasgow!"
"When it gets colder, I bring my tomato plants inside. They’re too tall for the greenhouse hydroponics kit, so I bought just the light and screwed it to the underside of a shelf."
"Alexandra gets excited when her food comes from the garden – she goes out and picks her own salad leaves"
"Herbs and salad go spindly and taste sour if you let them flower. So if you want to eat them, cut them back as they are about to produce seeds."
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