Growing vegetables on your own backyard is best – both for your budget and for your health (and as you’ll discover, for the environment). You don’t even need to have backyard space to get started: some gardeners have successfully grown greens in pots and vertical pallets. You just need a packet of seeds, simple gardening tools, a space for sunshine, and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Proximity to water source is essential, and potting mixes come in handy to amend poor soil quality. Add a few minutes of your time each day and you will have an abundant green space that is both visually appealing and appetizing. If a green attraction is not enough incentive, then consider the following.
1. Growing vegetables your way ensures you have organic produce. With all the rage going on about healthy living, can you really afford to buy vegetables that are laden with pesticides and all other harmful chemicals? Or would you rather have poison-free food served to your family? An organic food source is a self-apparent benefit of growing your own.
2. Cultivating a salad patch translates to surprising savings. With money tight these days, you would want to maximize your cash and use it to purchase household needs you cannot grow. A bag of salad is about $3 apiece, and if you are particularly fond of it, you can easily blow through $20 with nothing to show for it. Meanwhile, lettuces and mesclun mix are grown easily, even among amateur gardeners with limited skills. They are also both excessively rewarding even to those who give them only minimal care: Cut a lettuce leaf to the ground and in two weeks, fresh leaves grow back. If you are particularly savvy, you can get into growing vegetables that are hard to find or expensive to buy.
3. Growing vegetables on your own mean you can pick them whenever you need them. No need to rush to the produce aisle when you want to cook vegetables for dinner. After all, they may have been picked the other day, or the other week. The “locavore” movement is gaining ground for good reason: no one wants to pay for ‘fresh’ produce that may have been harvested long before you need it. Plus, vegetables fresh from the pick are rich with enzymes that fight inflammation, aid digestion, and increase nutrient uptake.
4. Making your own vegetable garden bed is one step closer to food security. When you have learned the art and science of gardening, you can practically live off the land wherever you may find yourself in. You can even opt out of the corporate race and start a contemplative life among green things growing.
5. Keeping a vegetable garden out back reduces your carbon footprint. In addition to the organic dimension of growing vegetables on your own, a backyard veggie patch reduces the over-all need for commodity transport, fuel and carbon monoxide emissions. Considering that tons of greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere to transport tons of vegetables from farm to market, significant GHG reduction can be achieved when individual households grow their own.