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9 Reasons For Growing Your Own Vegetables

Updated on April 13, 2017

Why Not Grow Your Own Vegetables?

Have you been thinking about growing your own vegetables but just aren't quite there yet? You may be pleasantly surprised to find that it is easier than you think!

Many people just like you are starting to realize that even in the smallest spaces they can grow a substantial amount of their weekly grocery bill.

How wonderful it would be to stroll out to the yard or the patio and pick a few fresh vegetables for a salad and for some of those yummy recipes you have been wanting to try!

I like growing my own food because I can be more in control of the chemicals and ingredients used to actually produce my meals. Every day I consume large amounts of vegetables and other food items. It just makes sense to help supplement our food budget by growing a large portion of it myself!

If you are thinking about growing your own vegetables, read on for some of the reasons to do just that and a few things to consider.

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Nine Reasons For Growing Your Own Vegetables - Why Grow Vegetables?

Image above courtesy of Simon Howden

When you start thinking about the larger picture, there really are many reasons for growing your own vegetables and food.

  1. Helping The Grocery Budget- If you regularly buy vegetables to cook with your meals, more than likely you could be growing at least some of those vegetables yourself. We can easily spend about $50 USD a week on buying nothing but organic vegetables! If we had a large family I'm sure it would be much more than that.

  2. The Ability To Grow Organic- It is very important to me to be able to eat my vegetables chemical free. I also want to make sure that the dirt is as healthy and full of nutrients as possible to produce the healthiest food. When growing my own vegetables, I can use natural insecticides and fertilizers versus harmful chemical versions.

  3. Freshness- Most vegetables that you will find at the grocers has usually been grown to last quite a long time on the shelves. There is far more money to be made in having vegetables and produce that lasts longer so more can be sold versus having to toss it out from growing old before being bought. When growing your own vegetables you can simply pick them when they are ripe or get them from the container you have preserved them in.

  4. Superior Taste- Have you ever noticed how amazing a vegetable fresh from the garden tastes? Part of the reason for that is because it wasn't grown to last forever with chemicals and preservatives. Your vegetables will taste even more amazing when grown organic!

  5. Decreasing Your Carbon Footprint - You are definitely decreasing your carbon footprint when you transport your vegetables from your garden to your kitchen! How much more local can you get?

  6. Greater Variety Of Choice- Let's face it, your grocer only has room for so many different types of tomatoes to carry and display. When you grown your own, you can grow 10 different types if you so desire!

  7. Convenience- How wonderful it is to step out to your lovely garden patch or patio and pluck some nice ripe vegetables for lunch and dinner! When you preserve your vegetables, just take them out of the freezer or pop open the jar they were canned in and prepare. You don't have to change your clothes, fix your hair, load the kiddies, drive and deal with traffic, and stand in line at the grocery store which all sounds like a wonderful bargain and time saver to me.

  8. Great Exercise!- Think of all the wonderful exercise and sunshine you get while working in your garden. You will need to weed regularly, maybe do some hoeing and then there is the picking of the vegetables themselves. Generations gone by thought nothing of getting out and working in the garden for the sheer exercise of it all. I feel these days we need to incorporate as much exercise into our daily routines as is possible!

  9. Plenty Leftover To Sell Or Share- Most of the time when growing your vegetable garden, you will over estimate the amount needed. Or you can purposefully plan your garden this way. If you don't like to preserve your vegetables you can take the excess to your neighbors and share or to the local Farmer's Market and set up a booth to sell!

Organic Vegetable Seeds - Seeds for Organic Gardening

Check out the awesome assortment of organic vegetable seeds you can order from Amazon! Click on any item below and see more seeds to choose from.

Ferry-Morse Organic Spinach, Bloomsdale Long Standing Seeds
Ferry-Morse Organic Spinach, Bloomsdale Long Standing Seeds

Spinach is very easy to grow I've found and it tastes delicious in salads and vegetable smoothies.

Ferry Morse Large Organic Vegetable Garden
Ferry Morse Large Organic Vegetable Garden

Maybe you would prefer getting an assortment of organic vegetable garden seeds with this set of seed packets.

Ferry-Morse Organic Cucumber, Straight Eight Seeds
Ferry-Morse Organic Cucumber, Straight Eight Seeds

Cucumbers are delicious in salads as well as on sandwiches. Plant several to last you all season long.


How Do You Feel? - Your Opinion About Growing Your Own Vegetables

I would love to hear your feelings and opinions about growing your own food.

Thank You!

Do you believe it is important to grow your own vegetables and food?

Absolutely! I feel it is the best option for myself and my family.

Absolutely! I feel it is the best option for myself and my family.

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    • Prasad 2 years ago

      Hola Kathy, muy bellas fotos. ya te conte9 una vez de los cmsoos. que por aqued son silvestres y en verano hay muchedsimos. cf3mo me gustan!.Creo que vi una lavanda tambie9n.Y un gato!!!! (ya lo conozco)Bueno aqued estamos con los primeros avances de la primavera. auque en la sierra todaveda cae alguna nieve. todo esta poniendose verde!!!.Adios!!!!

    • dwinkenhofer 2 years ago

      Yes there is nothing better than fresh home grown vegetables.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Nothing better than fresh harvest.

    • laurenrich 4 years ago

      I love the taste of fresh vegetables that I get from my garden. Thanks

    • Fox Music 4 years ago

      The Fresher The Better !!

    • Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      I would love to do it but never seem to find the time to get the garden going.

    • srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Our family has been doing it for many years. I wish I could return to the place I lived earlier to resume this practice. I love home grown vegetable, these taste differently.

    • ThePerfectPresent 4 years ago

      I think it is a great idea, though it isn't something I am currently doing.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I believe everyone should grow their own food, for safety reasons (you know what you put into it) not the "chemcials and GMO's "others" are trying to force down our throats. If you can only grow in containers in a window, by all means do so!

    • NC Shepherd 4 years ago

      It's the best way to get vegetables that taste like they are supposed to!

    • Ursel001 4 years ago

      Yes! It's healthy;-)

    • Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I have grown my own vegetables off and on (mostly on) for many years now. I know one thing: it is much cheaper than the supermarket or even the farmer's market. Besides, if you grow enough you can sell the surplus at the farmer's market. :-)


    • eclecticeducati1 4 years ago

      I think that growing your own vegetables is a great idea especially in these hard economic times.

    • Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I think its a great way to save money and also spend time outdoors

    • Ardyn25 4 years ago

      Definitely, if you are in a position that you can. There's nothing like fresh vegetables, and you know there's no chemicals on them.

    • srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Growing own vegetables will be economical and an opportunity to have fresh stuff.

    • BestBuyGuy 4 years ago from Beekmantown, NY

      Definitely, the only problem is sharing them with all the slugs and bugs. Of course, it does take a lot of time and space.

    • indigomoth 4 years ago from New Zealand

      It's so much cheaper and they taste so much better fresh from the garden!

    • GreenGranny 4 years ago

      I have always enjoyed having a wee garden of my own yet it may be time for it to grow a wee bit bigger:)

    • termit_bronx 4 years ago

      Yes, so I know that it's healthy and without poisons.

    No Way! I don't have time to grow my own vegetables and food!

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      • SassyGie 4 years ago

        I'd love to but with my current situation, I'm afraid I can't.

      • hamshi5433 4 years ago

        It's not that I don't have time but it's because of the irritating England weather and our garden :| Mum still manages to grow some tomatoes every now and then..

      • Tagarack 4 years ago

        I live in an apartment so growing my own food is pretty much not an option really, but I think it would be cool if I had the time and the place.

      • SoniaCarew 5 years ago

        I have enough on my plate as it is. Yeah, intended.

        Besides, I don't like gardening. It is just easier to buy it. I leave it for people who like playing with dirt. I have other passions!

      • Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

        Well, I think it is important to eat well & I love the idea of gardening. However, I lost my passion for gardening years ago...

      • kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

        I wish I could say this is for me, but I can't stand gardening. I do have a nice little cherry tomato plant, and I plant my own pumpkins, but I certainly don't have it in me to feed my family from my backyard. Thank goodness for the farmers market!

      Farmers Market
      Farmers Market

      Fun Things To Do With Your Vegetables

      A Few Ideas For Growing Your Own Vegetables

      If you are wondering what on earth you are going to do with all your lovely vegetables you have grown, consider these ideas.

      Why Not -

      - Preserve your excess vegetables to enjoy throughout the year.

      - Make them into jams and jellies.

      - Make yummy and nutritious vegetable smoothies.

      - Use your organic vegetables to make healthful and cleansing green vegetable juice.

      - Steam and then blend to a fine consistency and make into nutritious baby food.

      - Get a food dehydrator and dry your veggies.

      - Set up a stall at the Farmer's Market or sell from your vehicle on the side of the road.

      - Surprise your neighbors with a basket of fresh veggies on their doorstep.

      - Donate to a local charity that helps those in need.

      - Donate to your church when they need food for different functions.

      - See if a local school cafeteria will take some of your excess.

      - Save some of the seeds for next years crop so you don't have to buy as many seeds to plant with.

      - Put the scraps in your big composter and keep your compost bin churning out the black gold for your garden.

      Image Above and Right - courtesy of Simon Howden

      Home Grown Produce

      Growing Vegetables in the Window.
      Growing Vegetables in the Window. | Source

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      Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt - How To Preserve Your Vegetables and Food

      This book is great for beginners and food preservation as well as seasoned veterans.

      A Great Book for Preserving Vegetables and Fruit

      Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More
      Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More

      I purchased this awesome book a few years ago when I needed to brush up on my preserving skills. Written by Linda J. Amendt, it is full of recipes and advice on getting the most out of your garden and orchard. I used several of the recipes from this very helpful book.

      A great reference book filled with her award-winning recipes and canning tips for making jams, jellies, butters, sauces, and vinegars as well as instructions for preserving vegetables and fruit and so much more! There or over 200 small batch recipes as well as tips for winning competitions at state fairs. Linda J. Amendt has won over 300 ribbons on her preserves.


      Starting Your Vegetables Indoors, How-To Tips and Videos For Growing Your Own Vegetables

      I started my vegetables in the Jiffy Professional Greenhouses that are shown in this video.

      I sat my trays in the sunniest window and kept them covered both with an old towel and the lid to the green house until they started to sprout. It is important to monitor the moisture and not let it accumulate on your plant starts or they will develop mold very quickly while sitting in the dark. Within just a few days, many of my seeds were sprouting and then I followed the instructions for propping the lid open on the green house.

      How to Start Seeds Indoors with Jiffy Pots

      Growing Your Own Vegetables is Very Rewarding

      It is so rewarding to grow your own vegetables.
      It is so rewarding to grow your own vegetables. | Source

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      Do You Think You Will Try Growing Your Own Vegetables?

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          Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

          In my garden right now, I have potatos, onions, lettuce (3 kinds), tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. I also have 3 peach trees, and 4 fig trees. II plan to put in a few more veggies before spring gets further along.

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          Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

          We used to, I don't know that we will again. Just don't have the interest anymore. Great lens.

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          Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

          Sigh. I just wish I had a little dirt... even a tiny patch. Not possible here in Shanghai. It's a concrete jungle.

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          Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

          I will probably grow a couple of things, like tomatoes and peppers. I really love home-grown tomatoes. The ones in the store do not seem to have any taste!

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          Einar A 5 years ago

          Great article! Winter goes pretty late here in the mountains where I live, but it will soon be time to think about planting things.

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          DIY Mary 5 years ago

          Growing my own vegetables is something I've always wanted to try. I've grown a few small edible plants (e.g., mint, spinach) and someday plan to work up to something larger.

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          Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

          Thanks for sharing all the resources.

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          SoniaCarew 5 years ago

          No! I don't like gardening, and I don't have the time!

          But you certainly created a great lens, and presented it fabulously as usual.

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          There is nothing like growing vegetables for grounding a person in the best possible way. I always feel very centered when I am nurturing living things and filling my tank with the freshest, most nutritious food available. Appreciated this focus on doing just that. Thank you!

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          themeanviolets 5 years ago

          I hope to do this soon! I'm still trying to keep my herbs alive :-) First things first. Great post! I added your lens to my favorite featured pages :-)

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          beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

          Yes, I will.

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          Sonia DB 5 years ago

          This is a great lens, lots of good information.

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          AlphaChic 5 years ago

          mmm...fresh tomatoes. You make me hungry.

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          maggie_anne 4 years ago

          Love the gardening!

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          LovelyMom77 4 years ago

          I want to grow my own because I believe it will be healthier and a great learning tool for my children

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          JoshK47 4 years ago

          I'd definitely love to grow my own vegetables - it'd be great to know what's going into my body, since I planted it myself! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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          orange3 lm 4 years ago

          I love growing my food. I tastes the best picked fresh from the garden.

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          chas65 4 years ago

          We grew our first vegetable about 2 years ago. It was fun watching the blooms turn to small vegetables and then picking them and eating them gave me a sense of pride. And they did taste better also. This heat wave is really causing problems this summer.

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          JZinoBodyArt 4 years ago

          I love growing vegetables, I'm not too good at though. Great lens!

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          lilPinkfairy288 4 years ago

          I am not good growing vegetables with my own, but mom and sisters are. Very nice lens!

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          Mickie Goad 4 years ago

          Every summer I try to grow one new vegetable. This year, however, I limited my self to tomatoes and cucumbers. Next year, I am thinking about growing some okra in pots. It should prove interesting. Thank you for putting a link to "My Small Vegetable Garden" on this page.

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          Marlies Vaz Nunes 4 years ago from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

          I'd like to, but I don't have a garden, not even a tiny one! :(

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          indigomoth 4 years ago from New Zealand

          One of these days I will... I love the idea and have done so in the past but right now I just don't have the space!

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          Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

          Since space is at a minimum a veggie garden would not work for me, however it would be nice to start an herb garden on my patio. Enjoyed your lens, blessed!

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          Ardyn25 4 years ago

          I've always had a garden and don't know what I would do without one. This year I got over 40 pumpkins, but there is always people to share them with. I live in a rural area so gardens are common. I find it odd when my city friends buy pumpkins in the fall, if I don't get up to give them some. I think once you are used to eating fresh vegetables its hard to eat the store bought. I find even the vegetables I freeze fresh for winter still taste better than the frozen one's in the store. But, I think it's what you're used to.:)

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          eclecticeducati1 4 years ago

          I think gardening is an important skill to learn. Great lens!

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          hamshi5433 4 years ago

          I would love to grow my own vegetables but the weather here is too bad and our garden doesn't have much good soil. My mum grows cherry tomatoes and wow, it has a really fresh and juicy taste compared to the store bought tomatoes.

          Maybe someday in the future, I will have my very own vegetable garden :)

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          Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

          Combine this information with that found in your lens about raised beds and then you're really cooking. Thanks for sharing.


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          GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

          Thanks for your ideas about the reasons for growing vegetables. I think it will really help me.

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          NC Shepherd 4 years ago

          I'd love to get back to growing vegetables again. I miss being able to garden.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          There is not feeling like growing vegetables and harvesting them. Fresh picked is always the best. - Very nice lens my dear. :)

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          AdriatiX 4 years ago

          My uncle and grandma have their own garden full of vegetables. Sometimes I help them with the work. :)

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          Jen withFlash 4 years ago

          I really hoping to get a garden going this year!! I had one a few years ago and it was so much fun and the veggies were so yummy!

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          Fox Music 4 years ago

          Great Lens "9 Reasons For Growing Your Own Vegetables"

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          laurenrich 4 years ago

          I love to grow my own vegetables. Thanks for sharing this very informative lens.

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          growownfood6 3 years ago

          If you are thinking about growing your own vegetables, read on for some of the reasons to do just that and a few things to consider.

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