Why You Should Grow Your Own Vegetables!

 

Growing your own vegies, fruits and herbs.
Growing your own veggies, fruits and herbs.

Why You Should Grow Your Own Vegetables!

You hear a lot of talk these days about how good vegetables, fruits and herbs are good for you. The daily allowance is five to ten portions of fruit and veg today. But it costs a lot to buy fruit and veg, no matter whether it is freshly organic or freshly produced in mass from a market and/or grocery store. Some people are for organic foods and others are for supermarket because it is easier. Whatever decision you make supermarkets and organic veg and fruit will still cost you. Some you find cheaper than others and others will be evenly priced. I say, look around you make allowances for daily travel and really have a look around.

I live near Mt Tambourine, here in the Gold Coast Australia and I can tell you, everywhere you look and turn, people grow in abundance of avocado’s, herbs and bits ‘n’ bobs – they even have an enormous wine yard up there, which is heritage listed. Now, you can see how easy it is to really have a go and look around, plus you may even enjoy buzzing around looking at new things and making new friends. I surely did.

Give it a whirl and see how you go with it.

Now, really you are asking me what has this to with “Why you should grow your own vegetables” right. It is not uncommon you find people growing their own fruit, veg and herbs in their own backyards or even on a fire escape (interesting idea). You can get whatever fruit, veg and herb you want to grow – easy. In fact it’s normal.

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There are many great reasons why you should grow your own. They are many articles on HOW to grow one. But I am going to tell you WHY you should and GIVE you some FUN facts about WHY you should GROW your OWN.

There are several good reasons to grow a garden.

The best concern is cost. Too much invest for you plan to be a picker or farmer right? Absolutely not. I am not a farmer or a picker; I love to grow my own fruit, herbs and vegetables, because I enjoy it! For investment of any today’s gardens you are looking at over $150 to start that includes whether you want an organic (chemical free) or a chemical based garden that uses pesticides and other sorts of chemicals make your food grow fast and keep those nasties out of the garden patch.

I began my garden with much less than that! Try $50 with all my seedlings, and sprouts, including my fertilisers which are natural of course. I did research and shopped around. I love going to the Carrara Markets, as they always have great bargains, lots to look at and mountains of stuff just to browser through. I usually by my supplies from the markets as they are local and freshly grown – also you can pick great deals on plants you wish to grow and make tropical gardens to urban gardens and even just low maintenance gardens.  With this type, (for $50) of garden you will produce between approximately $700 -$1000 worth of food. That is money you will not have to spend at the grocery store, market and/or supermarket. There is a lot of debate about organic growing on cost, but if you decided to grow your own you can still buy fruit, veg and herbs from anywhere until your garden takes flight and grows to your demands.

You can store your produce by freezing it or selling it at a market or walk around your neighbourhood with priced foods (you may need a permit to do that) or give it away in good faith. I am sure whatever you do your neighbourhood will be grateful with fresh produce at their front door and local too.

When you are ready for the next growing season your stored produce will be fresh still. Who knows when that tomato or pepper was picked and how long it rode on a truck to get to your store? If you grow your own, you will always know. You can’t get much fresher than wanting something for supper and going out and picking it. Ten minutes later you are enjoying some extremely fresh vegetables.

You know exactly what fertilizer was used to grow your food, and how much. Isn’t it great to know what chemicals, if any, were used?

There are times you want a certain kind of vegetable and you can’t find it in the store. So your only option is to grow them yourself.

You get such satisfaction from growing your food yourself. It takes some time and work, but in the end it is so worth it. When you are enjoying your corn on the cob with fresh tomatoes and baby potatoes, you are going to be so glad that you took the time to grow them.

There is nothing like the taste of home grown vegetables.

Here are the top ten vegetables to grow on your own. I have based this list based on my own hard experience. These should suit the lazy gardener who has little time to carefully tend their crops every day. I like to grow in a largely organic way.

  1. Spinach beet
  2. Radish
  3. Lettuce
  4. Spinach
  5. Cress
  6. Cherry Tomatoes
  7. Nasturtiums
  8. Potatoes
  9. Courgettes
  10. Carrot

So, aside from its popularity, do you need some other reasons to grown your own food? I came across these interesting informational facts and why’s you should grow your own garden…

  • The GWA’s survey found (In fact according to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report conducted by the Garden Writer?s Association (GWA) Foundation, over 41 million U.S. households, or 38 percent planted a vegetable garden in 2009. And, more than 19.5 million households (18 percent) grew an herb garden and 16.5 million households (15 percent) grew fruits during the same period. The study found that there was a growth in edible gardening from both experienced gardeners and from an influx of new gardeners: 92 percent of respondents had previous experience and 7 percent (7.7 million households) were new edible gardeners. And one-third of the experienced gardeners grew more edibles in 2009 than in the previous year. The GWA indicates that given the strong response for plans to grow more edibles into 2010, the vegetable gardening trend will continue and there will likely be a new high level of edible gardening activity this year) that the main reason given for increasing or maintaining edible gardening last year was to supplement household food supply to help them save money on food. That alone is a very powerful reason.

* This reference was taken from “7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Food, by Judi Gerber.” – No copy write theft intended. No plagiarisms intention. Reference and information made back to source, includes the original links.

  • Growing your own food, is nothing more than local, than sitting on your windowsills or growing in plastic drums.
  • Growing your own fruits, vegies, and herbs means you know exactly what’s in your food, what it does and exactly where it comes from. Having a peace of mind you are in control of what you are putting into your mouth, everyday.
  • You will make a healthier choice and you will get healthier in number of ways. Not only will you end up eating more selected fruits, vegies and herbs, but you will enjoy the exercises of planting, harvesting and watering them on a daily basis, which is fun and exciting and different.
  • Did you know that you can burn as many calories in a 45 minutes of gardening as you can in 30 minutes of cardio workout? And, working in the garden reducing stress, physically, chemically and mentally.
  • You have a bigger variety of your favourite fruits, vegies and herbs because you can choose from hundreds and hundreds of different types and you can grow the things you like best and share them.
  • In our generation, you can teach your children or grandchildren where their foods come from and that it doesn’t come from a supermarket where some things are processed, but from the earth of which God intended us to eat and depend on.

So, with all these reasons: money saved, freshness, being able to control what is used to grow it, what kind you grow, and the satisfaction of doing it yourself, why wouldn’t you grow your own garden?

 

You are welcome to check out these recommendation sites to do your homework on the latest info on growing your own gardening.

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