The Advantages of Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

The Advantages of Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

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It couldn’t be easier to buy fruit and vegetables. There are stores and markets on every other street. Large retailers even sell pre-prepared, peeled and chopped fruit that you can eat straight out of the packet and veg that’s already been washed and chopped that you can throw straight into a stew. So, what’s the point in growing your own? Why would you put in the time, effort and hard work, as well as the initial expense that comes with getting everything set up when you can just walk into your local shop and buy everything that you want? Even more exotic fruit and veg are readily available, and now that so much food is imported, you don’t even have to worry about what is in season. However, growing your own food has many awesome benefits, here are some of them. 

Taste

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They say that everything tastes better when you’ve made it yourself, and in this case, it’s true. Veggies and fruit that’s grown in your garden can taste vastly different, and better, than mass-produced options from big shops. 

It’s Easy

Growing things for yourself doesn’t need to be difficult. Now that geodesic dome kits for sale are ready to help you get set up. You can get going with the minimum of supplies and effort. Even if you are short on space, you can grow things like cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and herbs in window boxes and hanging baskets. 

Nutrition

When you buy mass-produced goods, they are just that. They are grown for their yield, with the aim to make as much money from as many products as possible. They aren’t grown to taste good and to be filled with nutrients. Things that you grow yourself are pure. They are packed with goodness and exceptionally good for you. 

You Know What You Are Getting

If you buy a packaged product, you can never completely know what chemicals and toxins it’s been exposed to during growing, picking, transit, packaging, and storage. It’s been passed from person to person and place to place. It’s been through many different processes, and you can’t even know 100% what has happened to it. When you grow something at home for yourself, you know exactly what you are getting, and what you are putting into your body. 

It’ll Improve Your Diet

Many of us are guilty of buying things like fruit, veg, and salad in big bags because they are cheaper. They get left in our fridge, they go soft and moldy, and they get wasted. We buy the same things every week, and we rarely eat all of them. 

When you grow things yourself, you’ll try new things, enjoying the experience. You’ll only pick what you need. You’ll add more veg to your meals as you’ll be keen to save money and your diet will improve. You’ll also waste less, and buy less packaging. 

The Kids Will Love It

If you’ve got kids or relatives with kids, they’ll love helping you to grow things. They’ll be keen to try new flavors and get stuck in.



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3 Essential Checks To Make Before Growing Your Own Food

3 Essential Checks To Make Before Growing Your Own Food

Green living is really great fun in principle. You get to save money, save the environment and save your health. But in reality, our modern lifestyles and homes simply don’t make it easy. There are too many obstacles to overcome, and few of us ever really get started. Even fewer of us make any substantial changes that we could reap a lot of benefits from. But if you are determined to start growing some of your own food, there are a few essential checks you need to make first.

Time

The first thing you need is the time that you can commit to the effort. Food doesn’t get any fresher than when it is plucked from your own garden moments before cooking. But that’s not what takes the time. What costs you dearly is the maintenance of your vegetable patch. The digging, weeding, and endless battle with pests is often too much to invest in. This is a pity because the health benefits here are enormous.

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Why not get your kids involved? If this became part of your quality time with the children, then you’re not trying to free up any more elsewhere. Children love digging about in the dirt, and they especially enjoy the idea of carrots and potatoes growing under their feet. If you’re growing organic, then there are no harmful chemicals to worry about in the soil. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly at the tap to stay safe.

 

Truly Organic?

Unfortunately, it is so easy to make a mistake with organic growing. You might not be able to certify your home plots as organic, but you do at least want peace of mind there is not likely to be contaminants there. The best way to approach this is to use professional companies like Chem-Free Pest & Lawn to manage your garden for you. This keeps things organic and still keeps pests at bay with a preventative plan in place.

 

If the rest of your garden is organic, then little is around you that might contaminate your veggie plot or pots. It’s safer for the kids when they play too. And having someone come in to look after your garden, gives you more time to enjoy the benefits!

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The Basics

Not every garden gets enough of the basics. The basics for growth are water, sunlight, and warmth. The problem is that the weather systems of late tend to deliver too much of sum and not enough of others! You can control the environment in which you grow your produce by using a greenhouse. This also controls the weeds, the pests, and prevents contaminants. If you’re keen to become a food grower, this might be the best option to help you succeed.

 

Growing your own food isn’t impossible if you’re prepared and ready for it. You might buy some extra equipment, and you might need to approach it as another part of your household routine. Of course, the rewards are enormous for you and all the family. What will you grow?

This is a collaborative post with Yourorganicchild.com