9 Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden

comments (6) February 21st, 2009

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I’ve had a garden for decades, so it’s just second nature for me to order seeds and set up the lights when winter starts to lose its icy grip. You, on the other hand, may be vaguely thinking about a small garden plot this year for the very first time. Need convincing that growing your own vegetables is worth the time and effort? Read on.

Freshness
Pick your food at its peak of ripeness, right before you prepare it.

Safety
If you’d rather not eat food that has been treated with pesticides and preservatives, you don’t have to. You can do what you want in your own garden.

Cost
A packet of tomato seeds costs a dollar or two, the same as a couple of beefsteak tomatoes. From one packet you can grow hundreds of plants, each of which will produce several tomatoes. Do the math.

Cooking
If you like to cook, you’ll relish the chance to turn your produce into tasty, nutritious dishes for family and friends.

Local eating
You can’t get more local than your own yard.

Choice
There are hundreds of heirlooms you won’t find in groceries and supermarkets. In your own garden, you can grow any variety of herb, fruit, berry, or vegetable you like.

Exercise and fresh air

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During the growing season, you’re outdoors on a regular basis. You’re planting, weeding, harvesting, hauling. Gardening won’t prepare you for marathon running, but in terms of physical fitness it does beat flipping channels while sprawled on the couch.

Education
Teach your children where food comes from and how it’s grown. And develop your own knowledge of weather, plant physiology, insects, soil, and so on.

Sharing
Friends, neighbors, and co-workers will appreciate an occasional garden gift, and you may even convince them to start their own garden.

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Comments (6)

seanbell3 writes: Nicely done.. Awsum
Posted: 4:53 am on October 30th
ShawnDavis writes: Well done..Keep it up..
Posted: 2:01 am on October 26th
solexx writes: Your helping the environment too! Food doesn't have to be transported from miles away or from another country to your supermarket.
Posted: 12:28 pm on January 7th
Seeds57 writes: A White picket fence! is always a nice feature in the yard, It shows the way to a happy place in your own special yard. Yes veggies are good for the young and the older ones too!
Posted: 10:28 am on January 7th
Connie_Murray writes: One other thing worth mentioning -- a home grown vegetable garden can be beautiful! So not only are you putting good, wholesome veggies in your childrens' tummies, you are making a pretty picture too. Put a white picket fence around your veggie garden and it looks like a romantic cottage garden!
Posted: 10:17 am on January 6th
Seeds57 writes: Hello to all gardeners! Heirlooms Hummmm how do we go back to the basics of seeds!!! very easily put them in the ground and let nature show them the way. I look to nature for help this is the best way to go to let nature take control why? because you will be healthier for it! no sprays no chemicals, Oh the beautiful bugs, frogs, birds, well you get the idea. Heirlooms the word alone says wholesome. In the garden their is happiness just out your back door!
Posted: 10:13 am on January 6th
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