Maybe you’ve thought about starting a garden. Maybe you’ve even planted a tomato plant. Maybe growing your own food has always seemed enticing, but you don’t know if it’s worth the trouble.
Well, it is. Growing your own food is not only easy, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your health and your pocket book. Here are just some of the reasons you should start growing your own food today.
Protect Yourself from Nasty Chemicals
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) composes a list of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables in the country’s grocery stores. These plants test higher than all others for toxic pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers. It’s recommended, both for your health and for sustainability reasons, that you strive to eat organic variations of these fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Unfortunately, eating organic isn’t cheap. But do you know what is? Growing your own.
Try growing some of these fruits and vegetables, all which are found on the Dirty Dozen list—the top 12 contaminated foods in the produce section of most grocery stores:
- Green peppers
- Loose-leaf greens
It’s Better for You
When you grow your own food, you grow better food than you can get in the grocery store or even the farmer’s market. The fruits and vegetables you grow in your own garden have more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals than their commercially grown counterparts, simply because they’re fresher. At the grocery store, most produce is at least three to five days old, if not older. And as they age, they lose nutrients. For instance, within just a week of being kept in the refrigerator, spinach loses more than half its B vitamins, and tomatoes lose certain essential nutrients within 15 minutes of being picked.
Need More Reasons?
If avoiding toxic chemicals and getting more nutritious food aren’t enough reasons to start growing your own food, here are some more.
- Gardening saves you money. It’s cheap to start, and it gives you wholesome, organic food for pennies on the dollar of what you spent on seeds.
- Gardening gives you a hobby. When you have a garden, there’s always something to do. You can weed. You can harvest. You can preserve. You can plan. You can start seedlings. There is ALWAYS something to do.
- Gardening provides food security. If you grow your own food, you’re not nearly as reliant upon grocery stores and restaurants as those who don’t. If a severe storm hits, a financial crisis arises, or something worse happens, at least you’ll know you won’t starve.
No matter what your reasons are for wanting to grow your own food, do it. Start today. There’s no reason to wait.
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