The Top 3 Reasons For Vegetable Gardening Popularity

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Have you ever considered starting a vegetable garden in your front or backyard? The time to stop thinking about it and start doing it is now. There are so many reasons that you should grow your own vegetables and each one is more compelling than the last. Whether you are interested in saving money on produce, if you want to know exactly what is in your food or if you simply are bored with what you can buy at the grocery store vegetable gardening will help you meet those goals. Let’s have a look at the top three reasons why you should start gardening as soon as possible.

1. Food Purity

The first reason for getting into vegetable gardening is simply because gardeners and small farmers know exactly what goes into their food! Did you know that the average celery stalk has over 67 chemicals in it? When we eat foods that have pesticides and petrochemical fertilizers in them, we let those chemicals sneak into our bodies where they can cause long term damage to our health. As a small time gardener, it is easier to control pests and thus, no chemical pesticides are needed. Many people these days are so concerned with the chemical used by big agribusiness they are willing to pay a premium for organically produced vegetables that are more healthy and safe for young children. By starting a garden, you take the responsibility for your own health into your hands.

2. Staying Active

These days, many people have very little interaction with nature and the outdoors. Many urban dwellers spend most of their time in their car commuting to work, at their desk once they arrive at work, and sitting on the couch once they arrive at home exhausted from working. A great way to get a healthy dose of sunlight, fresh air and exposure to other living organisms is in a garden! Many researchers have found that when gardeners work with soil, tiny organisms and bacteria that live in the soil actually stimulate a person’s immune system and makes them healthier. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually good to be exposed to some dirt and germs because it keeps our immune system on it’s toes.

3. Variety

The last reason that many people start vegetable gardening is simply because they want more variety in their diet and on their plate. Think about it… Have you ever eaten a purple carrot, or a fingerling potatoe, or what about an edible flower? Most of these foods (known as heirloom varieties) simply aren’t available in the average grocery store because large farms can’t produce enough of these items to make a profit. However, the small home gardener can sew the seeds of variety in the backyard each season and harvest a shocking variety of fruits and vegetables that will get the neighbors wondering if aliens might have landed in your garden

Overall there are many reasons for starting a vegetable garden and each one is as valid as the next. However, the reasons listed above are some of the most common and are the most compelling reasons that usually push those who might be sitting on the fence about starting a garden into a growing frenzy!

 

People blog about their gardens….just read the interesting account below is quoted from a popular source:

 

Part of the fun of vegetable gardening is swapping out cool-season and warm-season vegetables. It varies year to year and spot to spot — timing varies, whether the cabbage white caterpillars have decimated the cole relatives, how warm it is, etc.

This year was odd because of the warm winter and early spring warmth.

I’ve just now planted my first round of beans, cucumbers, and squash in the mountains (the trellises went in today).  There is still kale to be harvested, but the caterpillars are making inroads…. My gardening companion reminded me that I don’t like cucumbers (true) but maybe the Persian Little Fingers from Renee’s Seeds or the hybrid Diva will be the exception!

Tomatoes and peppers, planted some weeks ago are doing well, but the sugar snap peas are still producing, too, so I planted cucumber seeds at the base of their trellis and hope that it will work out.

The herbs in the front bed are taking over –they’re lovely — thymes, lavender getting ready to flower, tarragon, and oregano.  I’ve barely had room to tuck in some fennel and beets, and having limited space, may need to cull a bit in the future.  Basil seeds are ready to sow in flats, as soon as I bring them up from the Piedmont.

 

mid-May 2012 (beans are planted)

 

 

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