10 Reasons Why I Garden

vegetable gardens

 

I started gardening several years ago.  Planting a vegetable garden was something that I always wanted to do, but never made the time.  I love fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes.  The taste and price of tomatoes sent me into high gear.  They were expensive, hard and tasted like cardboard.  My grandfather had a garden when I was growing up.  Picking weeds out of his garden was an expectation when I was visiting.  I also remember all of his children being supplied with fresh vegetables during the summer and the week-ends spent canning the harvest.  I have other gardening tips, so please check them out.  Fortunately, I decided to plant my veggie garden and I’m glad I did.  Here’s 10 reasons why:

  1. It’s so relaxing. And I’ve learned to appreciate the open country and the quiet that it brings. 
  2. I purchased an acre of open ground years ago, and it wasn’t being using to its full potential.  
  3. The price of store brought fruits and vegetables are expensive and lack taste.
  4. I love working with my hands, and making things grow. 
  5. Saving money on my grocery bill is a plus.    
  6. Connecting with others who grow fresh vegetables and learning different techniques is rewarding. 
  7. I love walking by the produce in the grocery store smiling because I know mine is better.   
  8. I’ve learned to grow my vegetables from seed.
  9. I love having fresh vegetables, homemade salsa and sauce during the winter.   
  10. I love sharing my harvest with family and friends.

 

Not only does it taste better, but it’s less expensive to grow your own especially if you grow your plants from seed.  Yes, it’s time consuming but rewarding.  When you involve your children, they get a sense of how food grows and will make better choices in food selection.  They will also learn how to sustain themselves, and save on the grocery bill.

You don’t need land to garden to plant a vegetable garden.  Put a few planters on your deck or patio and decide which  veggies to grow.  You can grow tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, radishes and the list goes on in containers.  Do you currently garden?  If so, container or row garden?  Also, check out my other backyard vegetable gardening tips before you leave.