Vegetable gardening is one way to return to the “basics” of living while providing a healthy eating lifestyle for yourself and your family. There just doesn’t seem to be much comparison between vegetables (or even fruits) that you have harvested from your own garden and those you have carefully selected from the produce section of your local supermarket. Perhaps the colors in the supermarket are brighter and shinier since they are required to have an appealing appearance to entice the casual shopper, but how do they taste?
There isn’t anything much better than the taste you get when you are able to go out your own back door or patio door and pick some fresh green beans, lettuce, cabbage, radishes, onions or anything else you might choose to grow.
Having grown up in a small town in rural Iowa, there was nothing better than going out and grabbing a ripe tomato off the vine and eating it as one would eat an apple. I can almost feel the juice from the tomato running down my chin as I write this. Even rhubarb stalks tasted better.
I believe that indescribable taste was achieved by allowing the fruits or vegetables to ripen an extra day or two since they didn’t have to be harvested, prepared for shipment, and delivered all over the country to reach the supermarket and eventually the consumer.
You will find listed below some of the advantages of doing your own vegetable gardening by growing your own fruits and vegetables:
- The ability to control the freshness of the produce.
- Easy accessibility. (Just step out into your garden)
- The ability to control what chemicals may be used in the growing of the fruits and vegetables.
- The relaxation afforded by working your own garden.
- The ability to share meaningful time with your family.
- You don’t need a lot of space. Small space gardening is ideal for this.
- Enjoying the healthful benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. How much fresher could they be?
- Potential monetary savings. W. Atlee Burpee & Company, the world’s largest seed producer, claims that $50 spent on gardening supplies can multiply into $1,250 worth of produce annually. They have even put together a “Money Garden” package that they claim is capable of producing $650 worth of vegetables on 1/10th of an acre (about 436 square feet) and will enable you to begin vegetable gardening for a small dollar investment.
It is projected that home gardening will increase by about 19% in 2009. Is it time to join this “back to basics” revolution?