Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Seven Reasons You Need to Plant a Vegetable Garden - TODAY!



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 fruits vegetables of your labor!

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.

What are you going to plant in your vegetable garden?



19 comments:

  1. I grew up with my parents planing fruits and veggies. I had peas, tomatoes, eggplants, okra, everything right there without me having to go into a supermarket and buy it. I don't know why I don't have a green thumb like my parents did, maybe it's skipped a generation, I have no idea, but those are excellent reasons why you should have a garden. BTW, you're right, it does taste better.

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  2. i grew up on fresh grown vegetables and fruit. i am sad that i didn't pass that on to my son.

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  3. This article makes me wish I had a yard to grow stuff in. :( Maybe I'll grow an herb garden in my kitchen instead!

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  4. I grew up grown fresh vegetables and fruit on our backyard. It was heaven to experience grow the plants and reap the fruit or the vegetable when they are ready, and share them with friends, family or neighbour is even better.

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  5. Yes! I think kids should also be taught about fresh grown vegetables, I have a vegetable garden and lots of fruit trees in the garden and it is great to watch it grow and when you taste it, to know that it was all you!

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  6. I want a garden so bad, but we have bad soil/dirt in our yard, plus 90% of our yard is shade so every time we've tried, we have failed. Thankfully the farmer's market is right up the street.

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  7. We had a fresh vegetable garden when I was a kid and we loved it! It was so fun to watch the process of plants growing and I'm sure it did a great job of teaching us patience!

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  8. I so totally need to get back into this gardening game! I stopped for a while... but I like your idea of it being free therapy. I get that...
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  9. I have about 30 small packets of seeds we need to get planted. Hopefully we will get to it this weekend.

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  10. We have already planted ours. It has turnips, green peppers, red peppers, tomatoes, carrots and watermelon :)

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  11. I know I need to plant my vegetable garden but sadly no time this year. I won't make that mistake again.

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  12. Yes to all of this! We just moved so we haven't had time to plant a garden...but next year for sure!

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  13. I love that it teaches kids where food comes from and inspires them to try veggies. We have tomatoes in our garden now and I can't wait for them to ripen!

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  14. So helpful! I wish I had the yard space to grow vegetables. As soon as I get my first house, I am going to. I'll make sure to bookmark this post.

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  15. We love gardening! There is nothing better than growing your own food! Thank you for these tips!

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  16. It is true, home grown vegetables really do taste better and whats wrong with brocolli lol! I love the stuff x

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  17. I love this! I have such a black thumb. Last time I tried gardening I planted my pumpkins too close to my zucchini...and they grew together. LOL

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  18. One of my favorite parts of visiting my aunt over the years has been seeing the progress she's made on her vegetable garden. This is such a great way to involved children in the process of sustainability.

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  19. It's definetely cost effective! My dad has a vegetable patch and we never have to buy any now!

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