My husband is a bit of a Renaissance man. He has lots of interests. And when I say lots – I mean way more than is normal for one person. Right now his thing is gardening. It happens every year when the weather warms up. He starts laying it all out, tilling up the earth, bringing home little packets of seeds and buying bags of dirt every time he makes a stop at Lowes. So we have a vegetable garden. He’s been planting a garden every spring/summer for this past 3 or 4 years. This is the first year we’ve had “our own” vegetable garden at our new home. It’s lovely and hopefully will produce lots of yummy fruits and veggies. This year we planted: green beans, squash (green and yellow), okra, radish, purple cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.
I’m really fortunate my husband loves to plant a garden every summer, because I really love walking out the back door and bringing our goods in to prepare for dinner that same night. Given the spirit of this post, I thought it might be appropriate to mention some of the benefits of growing your own vegetable garden (big or small)!
- Money — Yup, We’re young and broke. It makes a lot more sense to spend a few bucks on a packet of seeds that can produce a ton of loot, giving you more bang for your buck. Leftover seeds can be dried to be used the following year, which also decreases waste.
- Health — Of course eating your fruits and veggies is important, and the less they have to travel the more vitamins and nutrients they maintain. So from ground to stove top in a matter of minutes means maximum nutrient density! And in our case, we decided to plant all organic this year, which also increases the health aspect of your produce.
- Taste — It’s just a fact. The fresher the vegetable the better is tastes. No need for much “doctoring” or excessive seasoning here.
- Environment — By planting organic produce, you are reducing the amount of chemicals introduced to the earth through pesticides and/or herbicides. Fossil fuel pollution is also reduced by cutting out travel, production, etc.
I’ll keep ya’ll updated on the progress of the garden as it continues to grow. Can’t wait to show you some yummy things too.
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” ~John Keats