There are many reasons to grow your own vegetables. The main reason I do it is because I like it. I also like the achievement of taking a tiny little seed and turning it into food for my family with mother nature’s help of course – nothing happens without her!
It Doesn’t Matter Where You Are
The way people garden is the same everywhere it doesn’t matter if you are in the USA Canada, the UK or Australia the processes and the requirements are the same.
Plants need to get nutrients from the soil, they need about 6 hours of sunshine, warmth and water to thrive.
What changes is the timing of the sowing, planting, pruning and picking which differs according to the climate where you live. Whatever you read anywhere, be it in a book by an “expert” or on a webpage by an enthusiastic hobbyist, will need to be adjusted for your situation. The difference with a website is that you can ask questions and share your experiences to help others get more success from their endeavours as well. Please do share it’s more fun if you get involved.
Why Grow Vegetables?
They Taste Better
The vegetables that we get from the supermarket are grown to meet the requirements of the supermarket. This means that they are picked before they are fully ripe, transported and stored to meet the needs of the purchasers – the supermarkets.
The varieties that are available from supermarkets are those that meet their needs the best. They need to be tough, uniform and they need to last. While you can get good tasting vegetables from the supermarket taste is sometimes a secondary consideration.
Vegetables you grow in your home garden may look different they probably won’t store as well but they generally have superior flavour.
It’s so good to see a seed you’ve planted break through the soil as a brand new plant.
To dig up a batch of potatoes and make your own chips is awesome – they taste fantastic. To sit down to a dinner where all the vegetables were grown by you is an amazing feeling. What about a pasta sauce made with your own tomatoes. A delicious salad. A pesto sauce made with your own basil and garlic. I can smell it now.
Your Kids Will Know Where Their Food Comes From
Surely this is a good thing – they may even learn about the seasons and how climate and rainfall effects things. Not to mention about what bees do and all sorts of bugs. You can’t get that at a supermarket.
It’s Good for the Environment
The less distance your food travels cuts down on the amount of energy used to produce it and transport it. Fossil fuels are used to produce the foods we buy. Pesticides and herbicides are used to maintain the quality and increase the yield. Then the food is shipped sometimes thousands of miles. Producing your own little crop of tomatoes won’t change the world but it won’t hurt either. Where did the last orange you ate come from?
Food we call “fresh” can sometimes have been stored be months. All vegetables have a time of year when they grow but we can get everything all year round now. For instance Broccoli and Cabbage are winter crops but we now get them all year. Where do they come from where have they been? When were they picked. Food quality reduces proportionately to the time and distance from harvest unless of course they are spray with something to make them last.
You Might Meet People You Never Usually Would
Just hanging around the garden centre you often get talking to people. Gardeners are generally nice people and you can learn so much from people who have been doing it for a while. I find I can always find something to talk about with the gardeners at my husband’s golf functions it’s wonderful to have a connection that ordinarily wouldn’t exist. We share advice, seeds and cutting and sometimes produce.
Did I Mention It’s Fun!
It Gets You Outside In the Fresh Air
Just being outside is good for you the sun on your body gives you a good dose of vitamin D that you need for healthy bones and skin. The exercise that you get doing all the things that gardeners do – bending, stretching and lifting, digging and chopping can be like a workout at the gym some days. So long as you don’t over do it this can be great for your overall health.