Planting vegetable gardens has become quite a popular trend. People are reclaiming what used to be a necessity before the rise of the modern supermarket. The 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report found that over 41 million U.S. households (38%!) planted a vegetable garden in 2009.
Grow Your Own Food
You might think you don’t have a green thumb, but anyone can plant a small garden and grow their own food.
Need some motivation? Here are 10 reasons to grow your own food:
- It will save you money. You will find your grocery bill is lowered, plus you can freeze or can much of what you grow and eat it well into the winter. This alone should be reason enough to start a garden!
- It’s fun! Make planting, tending and harvesting the garden a family activity. Your kids will love to get dirty and help you outside.
- It’s good for the environment. Buying less produce that has been shipped across the country or across the sea reduces the amount of pollution from transport. This means voting with our wallets for less toxicity in our air.
- Nutrient dense food. Take care of your soil and it will take care of you. Modern agriculture has stripped our soil of many essential nutrients–nutrients that are important for a healthy body.
- It will help you get creative in the kitchen. Search for new recipes online. There are thousands of creative ways to cook all the vegetables you will grow.
- You can share the abundance with friends & family. I know I always appreciate it when friends or patients of mine bring me homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers and more!
- It doesn’t require a lot of space. You would be surprised at what you can grow in a very small area. Start with a small plot in your backyard. If you don’t have a yard, you can grow many vegetables and herbs in containers on a patio, deck, or balcony.
- You know where your food comes from. And what is (and isn’t) sprayed on it! You can be involved with what you put into your body from seed to table. A very rewarding experience.
- Wider variety of food. You can choose which variety of vegetables, beans and herbs that you want to grow. Most grocery stores only offer the varieties that are profitable for them, but the variety that is out there is astounding.
- Your food will taste better. There’s nothing better than vegetables fresh from the garden! Most food in supermarkets has traveled for days (or even weeks), and then sat on the shelf at the store for who knows how long before you bought it.
Now, what will you grow?
Here are some of my favorite herbs and vegetables that will grow very well in your garden:
Basil: This herb is mostly used in the kitchen for cooking up Italian dishes. It’s loaded with antioxidants as well as flavor.
Cilantro: Cilantro has great detoxification properties. If you’ve been exposed to heavy metals like mercury, I recommend juicing cilantro with other vegetables. Cilantro also support digestive health.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain a phytonutrient/antioxidant called lycopene. It’s been shown to help support prostate health and prevent sunburn.
Broccoli: This cruciferous vegetable is full of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium and fiber.
Bell Peppers: Bell peppers are loaded with vitamin C as well. They are also packed with antioxidants.
What are your favorite veggies to plant? If you have a vegetable garden, share your advice below!
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