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There are plenty of benefits that come from growing your own food. If you haven’t yet had a homegrown meal straight from the garden, you really don’t know what you have been missing. Here are my Top 5 reasons we grow our own food.
5 Reasons to Grow your own Food
1. Growing your own food can save you a LOT of money
For the price of some seeds, a shovel, rake and a hoe, you can literally grow hundreds of dollars of food. You will be amazed at how much food you can grow from $20 of seeds!
Spend $5 of that on some seed potatoes and the other $15 on the vegetables your family likes to eat. Peas, beans, carrots, broccoli – all of these can be harvested and eaten, or some frozen or canned.
Imagine how much money you could save over the year.
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2. Improve your health by eating organically
It’s a fact that home grown good is better for your health. Don’t spray chemicals on it and you’ll be eating the healthiest organic food that you could ever find.
Your immune system will get a huge boost and you’ll reduce your chances of getting diabetes or some types of cancer.
And let’s not forget that working in the garden an hour a day will improve your health and fitness level too.
You can get rid of your gym membership and save even more money.
3. Homegrown food tastes so much better – it’s fresher and healthier
Seriously, if you have never had a meal where every single thing on your plate was totally homegrown, you don’t know what you are missing.
Incredible, healthy, delicious – the vegetables are amazing, and words can’t do justice to a homegrown ham dinner.
Everything on the plate above was raised by us here at home. We raise pigs on pasture all season long and then fill our freezer in late Fall.
4. Make Gardening Family time
Encourage your family to work alongside each other in the garden. Children love digging in the dirt and even teenagers will enjoy pulling fresh carrots right out of the ground.
Let the kids help and work off some of their energy digging and weed pulling. Husbands will usually mow the lawn, even if they don’t want to!
5. Growing your own food is good for the environment
Less fuel wasted going to the grocery store is one bonus. What’s easier and quicker than harvesting tonight’s dinner right from your backyard?
Yet another boost to your personal environment is all the great compost you can make!
Any vegetable waste including stems and roots can be thrown onto a compost pile. Add some dirt every once in a while, turn the pile every few weeks and voila.
Making your own compost is a great money saver too. If you have to buy bags of compost at the garden center, the costs are going to add up quickly.
Get a compost pile started as soon as you can. Next year you’ll be adding wonderful new compost soil to your gardens. We also sow Buckwheat in our veggie gardens after the harvest. The Buckwheat is a fantastic cover crop and green manure.
When it comes to growing your own food there is no way that you can go wrong. So what are you waiting for?
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