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Why Grow Your Own Vegetables

Updated on January 8, 2017
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Like most people, I'm concerned with the practical needs of everyday life, and therefore research issues of health and livelihood.

Due to questionable practices of the large-scale farming industry, with their use of pesticides and genetic modification of crops, and also due to economic hard times, many millions of people have decided to start their own gardens and grow their own food. There are varied reasons why it is beneficial to grow your own vegetables. Here we will discuss those reasons why it's a good idea to start and maintain your own vegetable garden.

Economical and Sustainable

Basically, if you grow your own food, you are spending less money. Food is expensive these days. Saving money on the grocery bill is definitely helpful to individuals and families affected by economic downturns. Herbs, for instance, bought at the store could cost you $3-6 and give you one or two uses. Potted herbs might cost you between 2 and 4 dollars but last you for 8 months to years. Growing your own herbs from seeds lasts even longer and can cost you as little as 1 or 2 dollars to start.

Not only can you save money by growing food in your own garden, but you can make money if you sell it at your local Farmer's Market. It's a win-win proposition.

In addition, maintaining your own garden contributes to sustainability. Big agribusiness use pesticides that poison ground water and their mono-cropping (focusing on the growth of one crop) erodes topsoil 7 times faster than that soil can replenish itself. Big farms use a lot of petroleum energy and trucks shipping those veggies to stores pollute the environment. If you are growing your own food, you are contributing to biodiversity of crops, not damaging the soil, not polluting the air and not poisoning the water. And you can make sure you're not poisoning yourself or your family.

Vegetables are good for you!
Vegetables are good for you! | Source

Safer

As stated, you can make sure you don't use pesticides in your little home farm. You don't have to worry about what's on your food. Also you will steer clear of salmonella and e coli. You are essentially independent of agricultural businesses financially and also independent of the hazards of the industry.

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When you grow your own food you eat healthier.
When you grow your own food you eat healthier.

Benefits of Growing Your Own Vegetables

Money and Environment
Safer
Fresher
Physical and Mental Health
It's Healthier
You save and can make money and contribute to a healthy environment
Don't have to worry about pesticides or tainted food
You have access to fresh food straight from the source
Gardening is exercise and meditative
You have access to healthy food and make it part of your diet
Food at the store costs more and is not always as fresh as it could be.
Food at the store costs more and is not always as fresh as it could be. | Source

Fresher Food

When you are producing your own food at home, it's fresh off the vine, so to speak. It, therefore, tastes better, is crisp and smells good. Food at the store has often been picked when it was half-ripe giving it a less than perfect taste and feel.

A variety of vegetables gives you a diversity of nutrition!
A variety of vegetables gives you a diversity of nutrition!

Physical and Mental Health

When you garden you are closer to nature, must focus and get fully involved in what you're doing. You forget about any stress or nonsense, you are stretching and working your muscles. Note here that when you garden you burn 200 calories an hour.

Gardening, basically, is an excellent way to meditate and get in shape.

Healthier

Not only are you getting in shape physically from your gardening because you are exercising while doing it, you are getting healthier because you are eating more good and healthy vegetables which you have access to straight from your garden. When you eat more veggies you reduce your risk for stroke and cardiovascular diseases in addition to reducing your chances of getting diabetes and cancer. Obviously your body needs fiber and the nutrients found in vegetables, so having direct access to these healing foods is going to make your body strong and healthy.


Growing Vegetables at Home vs Store Bought Veggies

So, when you grow your vegetables at home, you are saving money, helping the environment, have access to lots of fresh healthy food and you are getting mentally and physically stronger. It seems having your own vegetable garden is good not just for you but also for everyone else!

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      There is more value in freshly harvested vegetables from your own garden because you have invested in it and it is undamaged from any transport and preservation. Somehow it tastes better.

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      3 years ago from California, United States of America

      Thanks, Arun!

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      Arun Dev 

      3 years ago from United Countries of the World

      Vegetables grown without the influence of pesticides are important for health. Nice hub!

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      3 years ago from California, United States of America

      I couldn't agree more, twodawgs. And that is really great how you've built up your garden.

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      twodawgs 

      3 years ago

      I started with just a couple of tomato plants. Now I have 18 5-gallon self-watering containers on the patio, and 5 raised "square-foot" beds elsewhere in the backyard. If you don't care about GMO's, pesticides, or Roundup in your food, the taste alone will make home gardening well worth the effort! It's amazing how much better your life seems when your food tastes better.

    • NateB11 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathan Bernardo 

      3 years ago from California, United States of America

      That is really cool about your mother, Jan. A lot of positive things about gardening for certain. Glad you stopped by, thanks for the kind comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Excellent hub, NateB11, very informative. I love the reasons for growing our own produce, especially the one about saving money and that it is a meditative activity. Unfortunately, I don't garden but this certainly gives me incentive. My mother (may she rest in peace) was the garden queen. She grew everything in her garden in Buffalo, NY, even had a peach tree. Anyway, I'll continue shopping at Aldi, Shoppers, Save-A-Lot and occasionally hit the farmer's markets for better produce. Thanks for the reminder, voted up and useful.

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