The weekend before Memorial Day we finally got the 'all clear' from Mother Nature to get our vegetables in the ground here in Wisconsin. Gardening is not for the lazy, that's for sure! It is hard work and it isn't something you can just 'give up' once you have those plants in the ground. I mean, I suppose you could but then you can't harvest the
First off, I know vegetable gardens aren't really beautiful. I have flowers on top of this post, because flowers are pretty. Here is the current look of my veggie garden. Enough said.
So why should you have this in your yard? Here are 7 reasons you need to plant your own vegetable garden - TODAY!
Teach your children where food comes from and make them excited to eat it! Well, at least their vegetables. My children LOVE vegetables, they even like broccoli. (Blech.) We have included them on the planting and caring for our gardens since they were big enough to toddle - even if they just sat and played in the dirt while Mr. Incredible and I worked the land. Including them in the process makes them excited to eat what they worked so hard for.
Home-grown vegetables taste better. You know it's true. I don't need to find science based facts or lengthy articles on this. Nothing tastes better than a tomato picked right off the plant.
Share your abundance. In the later summer months when I have so many zucchinis coming out of our yard farm than I know what to do with - my neighbors, friends, and family are so excited to get their own produce straight out of Dreamer Family Gardens. It feels good to share and make them so happy!
It's cost-effective. We paid $17 for this entire garden of plants and seeds. This will be our only source of produce for a good 3 months. Even after you take in account the watering and supplies, we are still coming way ahead here. It's like growing your own money.
Free therapy Nothing is better to me after a long, stressful day than getting out into the sunshine and seeing how everything is growing. It's good to connect with nature and breathe in the fresh air. What stress???
Try new recipes. With 18 peppers sitting on your kitchen counter, you will find yourself googling recipes that use peppers. What do you do with a gazzilion tomatoes? And I wonder what eggplant tastes like, let's just one and see what happens - we have room in the flat!
Eat healthier! After all that hard work and time spent nurturing those plants, guess what? You are going to be sure you eat them! If you don't normally consume vegetables on a regular basis, I can guarantee you will start eating those greens if you grow them yourself.