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10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Delicious Food

Growing Your Own Food

As a child, we often ate canned peas during dinner.  Then one year we finally had a chance to try some of the peas we grew in our garden.  I couldn’t believe how much better the fresh peas tasted – I couldn’t get enough of them.  Besides the amazing flavor, growing your own organic vegetables has many other advantages over food in a jar or can or from a shelf.  Here are some additional reasons you should try growing your own food.

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1. Fresher Tastes Better

This reason is so good we have to say it again.  Fresher food just tastes better.  Any tomato you buy in a store can never compare to one you just picked from your own garden.  When you grow your own food, you can harvest it at the peak of flavor.

Many fruits and vegetables in a grocery store have been shipped when they aren’t ripe and then ripened chemically or on the shelf.  And don’t forget the pesticides that are so prevalent on many fruits and vegetables that aren’t organically grown.

2. Gardening Is A Good Workout

During childhood trips to visit Grandpa, we would pass a little farmhouse that always had a beautiful field of sweetcorn growing right beside the house.

In the springtime the old fella that made this garden would be turning the soil by hand with a spade – no plow or rototiller.  That was a lot of hard work for one person, but you could see that this guy was in a physical condition that belied his age.

You certainly don’t have to dig your entire garden with a spade, but the activity you get from gardening is a great low-impact workout.  Gardening does involve a lot of movement.

Digging and planting, bending over to pull weeds or harvest crops, raking, and watering, are all activities that get those muscles in motion.  That exercise brings some huge benefits, from stress reduction to weight loss to a healthier heart and body.

3. Gardening Is Fun

It’s a simple pleasure to go out to your garden in the morning and munch on a fresh basil leaf or string bean.  Even pulling the weeds can be oddly satisfying, especially after you see the results of your work.  There are even a bit of motherly or fatherly feelings that develop as you nurture your plants.

4. Growing Your Own Fresh Food Is Healthier

There are many studies that have shown that organically grown food is more nutritious than food grown commercially with pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

Many times, the soil at “factory” farms has been depleted of vital minerals, and the farming practices are geared for rapid turnover and maximum profit.  Improving the nutritional value of the food is not even considered.

The danger of pesticides is also well-documented.  When you look at the history of pesticides, you see that pesticides are introduced and claimed to be “safe.”

Even after many sicknesses and deaths, anyone with a vested interest in the pesticide will continue to deny there’s a problem.  Finally, after too many people or wildlife have been harmed, there’s enough of a public outcry to force the abandonment of that pesticide.

Today we’re being harmed by glyphosate and other pesticides, but they remain in use despite the overwhelming evidence against them.  Pesticides such as glyphosate even destroy the microorganisms and fungi that are necessary for healthy soil.

5. You’ll Save Money

This article was originally written in January. Today my wife purchased 5 Roma tomatoes (1 pound) for $4.99.  Winter is the only time we buy tomatoes because we always grow our own organic vegetables when springtime comes.

When I checked the price of Roma tomato seeds today, I found that you can buy 300+ organic seeds for $5.49 or even 6000+ seeds for $9.95.  In our area we typically get 10 Roma tomatoes per plant, which works out to a cost of $0.00183 to $0.000166 per tomato based on the cost of the seeds.

Even after adding on the cost of potting soil and containers to sprout the seeds, it’s still much cheaper to grow your own.  No matter what vegetables you decide to grow, you can save a considerable amount of money.

There’s more work and time involved in growing fruit and nut trees and berry bushes (raspberries, blueberries, etc.) and they have a higher initial cost, but when harvest time arrives you’ll have some very valuable crops that are in high demand.

6. You Have More Control When You Grow Your Own Food

According to research, store-bought peaches and celery can contain as many as 67 different pesticides.  Strawberries can be carrying as many as 53 pesticides, and blueberries can be loaded with as many as 13.

This is only a short list of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables.  Growing your own food allows you to avoid this pesticide overload.  Many pesticides are designed to be water resistant, so they won’t wash off in the rain.  Because of that, it’s difficult to clean this produce when you get it home.

Avoid the pesticide problem and grow your own food.  You’ll also get to control what you grow, how much to grow, and when your food is harvested.

7. You Have Less Reliance On The Grid

There’s a great interest in off-grid living today.  Growing your own food helps to take you out of the supply chain, and reduces your reliance on the grid.  If there is a sustained emergency that affects the food supply, you’ll have a better chance of getting through it.

8. Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is brought on by the changing seasons, particularly in areas that have cold gray winters.  Due to the lack of sunlight, many people experience serious depression during the time that fall turns to winter.

Gardening, particularly if you grow any cold weather crops, can help keep you outside longer in the year, thus helping to fight SAD.  Even tending some seedlings indoors in preparation for springtime planting can help to fight the winter blues.

9. The Sense Of Satisfaction When You Grow Your Own Food

Growing your own food gives you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.  Humans like to build and create things, and gardening is a great way to satisfy that desire.  It’s also a privilege to be able to share your bounty with friends and relatives.

10. Less Wasted Food

When you grow your own food, you’re able to harvest what you need for each meal.  When you have an excess harvest, you can freeze, can, sell, or give it away.  There’s much less chance of food going to waste.

Final Thoughts

This is just a short list of ten reasons why you should grow your own organic vegetables, but there are many other reasons that could be added.  The quicker you start gardening the quicker you will experience the many benefits.

Bob Styer

As a child, I hated gardening. That was mainly because Dad expected us to work in the garden every so often even though we thought play was more important. Over the years, though, I've developed a real appreciation for growing things. Whether you're growing plants for food or to enjoy their beauty, gardening can make your life better. Seize the moment!

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