I love gardening. It’s a rewarding experience and there’s nothing better than fresh vegetables in the summer and throughout the winter months.
My grandfather had huge gardens when I was growing up. He planted enough vegetables for his kids and their kids. There was a catch, the grandchildren had to help weed the field, I mean garden. It looked like a field and felt like one when we had to walk it and pull the weeds. I remember the gardening holding tons of tomato plants, green beans, peas, onions, corn, greens and the list goes on. The garden became a part of my soul. For as long as I can remember, I thought about my own vegetable garden. I decided to finally put one in several years ago, and I look forward to digging in the dirt each spring.
It’s time for me to decide what I want to grow this season. I planted garlic in the fall, and I saw green sprouts yesterday. I was unsuccessful last year, so I’m really excited. My freezer is full of squash, peppers and, zucchinni now, so I was thinking that I wouldn’t plant any. It dawned on me that others aren’t as fortunate, they would love to have fresh veggies this summer and maybe freeze a few for the winter months. For the veggies that I don’t use or give to family, I can take to a food bank.
I have found so many benefits from planting my own vegetables. Here’s a few:
- I save money on my food bill.
- I have delicious vegetable for summer gatherings and snacking.
- I’m able to make my own tomato sauce for pizza and pasta.
- I’m able to can and freeze vegetables for use during the winter.
- I share my bounty with neighbors, family and friends.
- Gardening is a great way to exercise and get fresh air.
- Gardening is a great way to relieve stress.
- Learning to grow a variety of vegetables is educational.
- Provides an opportunity to bond with my grandchildren.
- Growing produce from seed is challenging and rewarding.