With the rising cost of food, it only makes sense to try and take advantage of what each and every one of us can produce for ourselves.
The benefits to growing your own edibles are many:
- It’s healthier.
- It saves you money and gives you more independence.
- You know exactly what you’re getting – the seeds you used, the soil you grew it in and the fertilizers applied.
- It doesn’t get any more ‘local’ than your own backyard.
- Gardening is good for your health – physically and mentally.
- It gives you a meaningful connection to your food and nature.
- It’s convenient.
- It’s always FRESH.
- You get to enjoy more of the plant. (If I didn’t grow my own squash, I’d miss out on the added bonus of tasty squash blossoms throughout the season.)
Growing your own food isn’t hard. It’s actually a very natural thing for each and every one of us to do. You don’t need a lot of space. If all you have is a patio, containers work great. You can enjoy growing herbs, lettuce, leafy greens and other vegetables just as much as the guy with an acre of land. There are plenty of urban farmers in the hearts of larger cities that are quite prolific with their patios, balconies and rooftops.
If you do have a yard, consider how you are using the ground you occupy. Are you planting things that are entirely aesthetic? What about incorporating more edibles into your landscaping. Mix things in amongst your shrubs and perennials, given there’s the proper amount of light. I’ve seen homes that are planted up with squash and pumpkin plants right around the front of the house and they looked beautiful. Rethink how you make use of every ounce of ground you have available.
Practice healthy, organic growing methods and select non-hybrid, heirloom seeds where you can. When you use heirloom seeds, the seed quality is better, as is the nutritional integrity of the produce and the seeds can be saved and replanted for years to come making this a renewable self-sustaining food source.
Start with the things that you love to eat and use regularly and grow it from there.
Get growing my friends…you’ll be glad you did!