The Benefits of Planting a Vegetable Garden
|June 1, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under well being|
I am finally in a location where I can have a vegetable garden – oh boy am I excited. There are various benefits of planting a vegetable Garden that I would like to share with you. But first I want to share some thoughts on why choosing your vegetables carefully is important.
My initial thoughts when deciding on vegetables was to pick items that I love to eat and then I moved into the healthy choice vegatables to maximize my return. But as I sat and thought about it (and humbled myself to my 83 year old landlord, who has been planting his whole life), I realized that it was about planting a vegetable garden that will grow with the biggest bounty. It is also important to figure out how to utilize the space effectively. I can buy vegetables fresh at the markets that are plentiful and inexpensive.
I decided to pick a few of my favorites. For me, I love zuchinni and tomotoes, so I had to have lots of them in place. I have 12 beefsteak, 8 cherry and 4 plum tomoto plants. Zuchinni is hearty so I should get plenty out of my 7 plants. Since the garden is next to a fence, I planted snow peas, so they can weave up the fence.
I then planted 5 rows about 4 feet wide of lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, beets and similar items. I threw in some experiments with strawberries, gladiolas (flowers are delicious and edible) and then added some herbs including cillantro, basil, parsley, fennel, dill and mint. Chives and onions also exist around the parameter of the garden. These ward off slugs and insects.
Reduce Waste with Compost
We also used a mulch from the compost we make. This compost is rich and we know it is good from the quality of food we eat that goes into it. Almost everything in our house gets recycled and composting is one fo the best ways to reduce garbage to almost nothing, about one small bag every two weeks. Reducing consumption is another way…buy less, buy with less packaging, bring your own bags, buy fresh produce (and forget about putting them in a plastic bag or bring your own). Some simple steps.
So what are the benefits of planting a vegetable garden?
Well, apart from the obvious of getting fresh vegetables here’s the true value of a veggie garden:
- The food is fresh and you know the source is chemical free
- The quality of the food – straight from the garden to your mouth
- The distance the food travels – distance to travel is almost nil, except for travel to get plants
- Investment offers good return – $50 worth of plants should save 4 to 10 times the cost ($2-500)
- Constant care is not necessary, some weeding and watering every few days if the weather is dry will only take a few hours of time.
- Time spent per week is less than a couple hours and the fresh air and exercise is good for you
- Veggies can be jarred, frozen and made into sauces, preserves and various goodies to last the winter and act as gifts
- Gardening is about growth and the personal growth from the success is very rewarding
Those are just some of the many benefits. I’m sure with a bit of effort we can find a lot more. I encourage you to comment with some of the benefits of planting a vegetable garden can offer and let me know about your success. I will post some pictures as the garden grows and at season end discuss the harvest and successes of this years project. It may be June but it’s not too late to start a garden….go, go, before it’s too late. You will thank me later.
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