Gardening may seem like a hobby for people who have little else better to do on the surface but, there are many joys when you grow vegetables in a country garden. First of all, you’ll save money on your grocery bill. You’ll also save money driving to the grocery store and back to stock up on fresh vegetables. At the end of the growing season you’re going to freeze or can your surplus vegetables so that you will enjoy the fruits of your labor year round.
My favorite reason to grow vegetables however is that you’ll be eating healthier produce.
One of the biggest reasons I agreed to write “The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals” for Skyhorse last year was due to the fact that I was growing increasingly distressed over how animals are raised by commercial growers. How they were treated and fed – not to mention injected with chemicals, vaccines and steroids. That certainly is for a later post on a separate section of GoodByeCityLife, but the same is true of the grow vegetables and herbs we find in the grocery store today. They have deteriorated in quality in storage, in transit, and are covered in pesticides.
Vegetables and grains today are also grown from hybrid seeds which on the ‘surface’ makes sense but recent studies have shown that the resulting fruit, grain or vegetables has only 60% of the nutrient quality of the heirloom foods from yesteryear.
Food for thought? I’d say!
Alright, let’s get back on track here and talk a little more about why you might want to start your own vegetable garden…
Why Grow Vegetables?
You can finally afford to eat ‘organic’ foods. These are foods that are all natural and do not contain any chemicals or preservatives. Organic vegetables are in your local supermarket and usually cost a lot more than the other vegetables on the shelf.
You have probably heard that organic vegetables are better for you, but do not want to, or cannot afford to, spend the extra money. Well now you don’t have to worry about that.
The way to really save money and eat healthy at the same time is to grow your own vegetables. Even if you are still city-bound, if you have a just a small patch of ground, you can grow vegetables in your own backyard.
You can save at least $100 a month by growing your own vegetables and these savings can continue well after the growing season once you learn how to preserve or can your bounty.
You will see savings in your grocery receipts every month. Of course, you will have to wait until harvest time to start to really start saving, but after your first harvest you’ll be saving money all year long using the tips found in Country Gardens – Vegetables.
I’ll also cover growing herbs and the wonderful benefits there too.
How to Grow Vegetables
So what does it take? Work – physical labor – but you’ll be healthier too for the bending, weeding, planting, hoeing, and more. Working in a garden is actually therapeutic. Many people enjoy being outdoors and gardening just for the health benefits.
Most of the hard work will be in the first year, getting your garden started, the rest is not quite as back-breaking and there are certainly tools and machines to make this job easier.
Best of all, you can start right now. Spring is the perfect planting time for a vegetable garden. By harvest time, July to October, you will be well on your way to eating healthier and saving money at the grocery store.
Gardens, planting and harvesting are a large part of country living but for those who have not ventured yet in this direction I’m starting a long discussion on growing vegetables in the country gardens section of GoodByeCityLife this month.