Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, Aromatic, Fresh, Beautiful and Delicious. These are some of the words used to describe home grown fruits and vegetables. Nothing could substitute the satisfaction for the stomach or the soul that gardening brings. Think of all the fresh food you like to make at home: soup, salad, jam, sauce and adding herbs to your favorite recipes. What sort of fond memories do you have of eating a favorite meal with family? Now think about your fruit and vegetables you buy from the store; how would describe them and do you have any fond memories of them? Today I am going to talk to you about the benefits of starting a home garden.
Our food is being genetically modified; preservatives and artificial ingredients are being added to just about everything. We are losing touch with our food. A child was asked by her parents where food comes from and she replied “the store”. Many of us have forgotten the cycle of farm to market to kitchen. Eating more fruits and vegetables leads to better cardiovascular health and helps protect against diabetes. It can also lead to a healthier looking skin. I would like to tell you about 5 main benefits of starting a home garden beside the obvious delicious fruit and vegetables: exercise, stress relief, creativity, patience and improving our environment.
SATISFY THE NEED
First we need to talk about space. Some people have ample space in their backyard and others maybe not so much. There is a solution! If you have an apartment, I’m sure there are windows in there or maybe even a patio and by adding a window box or even a pot that can get some light, we can be in business. Even for people with space in a backyard, a pot can be useful if you don’t want to dig up your whole yard.
The consumer price index for food is up 30.9% in the last decade. Our food prices are rising. Fuel and packaging costs are being passed off to the consumer. There are no fuel or transportation costs from...