With a fully-stocked and easily accessible grocery store just five minutes down the street, you might be asking yourself, why take the time to grow your own vegetable garden when everything you need is so close by?
The simple but true answer is because it’s an incredible addition to your lifestyle.
There are so many amazing reasons to start your own home garden. While at first, it might seem like a daunting task, it’s no harder than spending a chunk of your wallet on produce every week and the benefits of growing your own small vegetable patch overly outweigh any initial humps at the beginning of the gardening process. Once you get going, you’ll find that there is nothing better than finding fresh vegetables every time you walk outside your door.
Here are a couple of the top reasons why you should cultivate your own vegetable garden:
- In both the short-term and the long-term, you will spend less money and save money on produce.
- Having your own vegetable garden will encourage more veggies and nutrients in you and your family’s diet since the veggies are right outside your door, ready and fresh.
- By growing your own garden, you can decide what goes into your soil which allows you to reduce the harmful chemicals polluting our environment and waterways.
- If you grow organically, you can create a sustainable garden that nourishes the soil and does not require any chemicals.
- By growing your own vegetables, you are helping to reduce the high amounts of burning fossil fuels that fill our environment as a direct result of the thousands of miles imported foods need to travel to get from commercial farmers to supermarkets. You also are reducing waste from food packaging materials such as man-made plastics and cardboard, that also travel thousands of miles.
- It’s a fun project that you can get your whole family in on or even neighbors and friends. You can bond and learn about the weather and other environmental factors as well as how to create a sustainable system.
If you’ve never grown a garden before, the best way to begin is with easy veggies to grow and maintain. It’s by starting small that you grow.
The one thing you want to avoid is taking on too much and becoming overwhelmed with trying to manage a garden for the first time.
Here are the top 5 easiest vegetables to grow:
You’ve got to make room for at least one cuke in your home vegetable garden. With the many ways you can enjoy it, you won’t regret planting it.
If you have lots of space for your garden, get a vining type, they usually ramble up to 25 feet, if not, go for a bush type.
For optimal growth, plant 5-6 seeds in small hills of soil 6-8 inches high and 3-6 ft. apart. As a reminder, this vegetable is a warm-season crop so if you are in colder weather, it will take longer than the normal amount of time to grow.
A tomato plant is an awesome piece of produce to have growing in your garden. The best two strains of tomatoes to grow in a small garden are Early Girl and Tigerella. Both are flavorful, don’t take up too much space, and can grow in all climates.
6 tomato plants grown in open ground can supply a family of 4 with enough tomatoes to eat fresh and use for canning, sauce or part of dinner dishes.
Up the number of days you eat a salad for lunch and grow some leafy lettuce in your vegetable garden. The best types of lettuce to grow in a small garden are Oak Leaf, Red Deer Tongue, and Red Sails.
Lettuce grows beautifully in all climates so it’s a great universal veggie to grow in any garden. Plant in the sun, and if you’re in a very hot climate, make sure it has some shade as well.
If you’re just starting out with your garden, have 2 or 3 plants to an area.
Zucchini plants are easy to grow. All it takes is one or two plants to deliver a full crop.
You can eat both the zucchini blossoms and fruit of the plant. They will grow great in both warm and cool climates.
The roots of the zucchini plant needs regular moisture, but leaves and stems should be kept dry to prevent diseases.
#5. Bell Peppers
If you have a large pot and have a good amount of space in your ground garden, grow some slightly spicy Mariachi peppers. If you aren’t a fan of a little spice or you don’t have a lot of room to work with, go for any strand of sweet bell peppers.
Plant them in the sun and they will grow in any climate. If you are in a cooler region or you have short warm seasons, use covers to extend growing time for your peppers.
Your garden doesn’t have to be big. It can be a small plot in your backyard, along the side of your house or even in pots on your balcony — anywhere that gets some sun.
And once your home-grown veggies are ready, you can pick them and immediately eat them or save their freshness by sticking them in the fridge next to your FRIDGEFRESH unit. This way, you will be maximizing the advantages of a home garden — which are fresh veggies whenever you want them.
Earth Day might be every year on April 22nd, but with your own vegetable garden, you can embrace the earth every day.