grow a home vegetable garden?
are so many reasons to have a home vegetable garden, no matter how big or
how small, that it is hard to list them all. First, there are the
obvious reasons - eating healthful foods, saving money on groceries, blah
blah blah. Several decades ago, almost everyone had a backyard vegetable
patch. Neighbors would compare notes and have competitions to see
who would have the first ripe tomato of the season.
Life is busier now, and outdoor spaces have become smaller. But this
doesn't mean you can't enjoy fresh, organic produce from your own yard or
balcony. It can be as easy as tossing a few seeds into a container
or it can be a large enough plot to feed the neighborhood. One of
the nice things about growing vegetables is that you can decide how much
or how little you want to grow. Once you have some successes, however,
you will undoubtedly want to move up to a bigger plot.
Vegetable gardening is a way to ease children into eating healthy foods.
They love the idea of planting a seed, watching it grow, and then harvesting
and eating the fruits of their labors. What they learn from this experience
they will carry for the rest of their lives in respect for the earth and
Lastly, vegetable gardening is gardening with a purpose. You plant
what you like and then consume it. The taste beats anything you can
buy at the store. You get outside, at least for a little while and
get exercise and sunlight, and dirt between your fingers. It's a mind-body-soul
thing that doesn't have to interfere with a busy lifestyle.
Anyhow, enough bandwagoning for now. This section is about vegetable
gardening, and we will start first with the vegetables themselves.
I am compiling lists and will publish them as they become available.
Meanwhile, closely related subjects include
Planting and Herbs.
Herbs are natural counterparts to vegetables and can be interplanted with
them to achieve various goals. Check out the
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