Ten Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden

by GettingFreedom on March 7, 2011

With grocery prices on the rise, it’s more important than ever to brush up on your gardening skills and do what you can, at home, to save where you can.  I have been able to shave a big chunk off of our grocery budget by gardening. While I know it’s not possible for everyone to have a big garden, there is still a possibility for a small container garden, which can still shave off money!

  1. Keep Your Money in your Pocket.

  2. As I’ve already mentioned, grocery prices are skyrocketing!  Keep your money in your pocket, and grow your own produce.

  3. You have control when it’s in your backyard.

    Prefer organic, but don’t want to shell out the extra cash?  You have control how you grow your produce and what you put on it when it’s growing in your backyard.

  4. Super Fresh Produce

    Most grocery stores ship in their produce from other states.  When you need a green pepper, go pick one off your pepper plant. :)

  5. Better Flavor and Quality

    Let’s face it, nothing beats the flavor of a freshly sliced home grown tomato, a warm side of freshly picked green beans, or a crisp, flavor packed green pepper. Home grown tastes better. Period.

    One days harvest of peppers of all kinds!

  6. Wider Variety.

    There are so many different kinds of plants that you can grow at home that just aren’t readily available at the grocery store.  And if they are, you’re going to pay a premium.

  7. Added Health Benefit.

    For us anyway, having gobs and gobs of fresh produce at our fingertips on a daily basis makes us more apt to reach for those veggies when we want a quick snack.  Not only that, but tending to a garden keeps us active.

  8. Supplemental Income

    When you start a garden, you look at it as a source of food, not a source of income. But, look at it again. Have you ever bought from a Farmer’s Market? That could be you! If you’ve got extra to share, and debt to pay off–why not turn it into cash and grow your snowball?

  9. Teaching/Learning Opportunity

    Gardening has taught me so much about plants, science, nutrition and life in general. I love that! I also love being able to teach these life skills to my children.

  10. Gaining Self Sufficiency

    The more you grow, the less dependent you are on the grocery store.If you choose to use heirloom seeds like we do, your dependancy just got smaller because you can save your own seeds, year after year.

  11. It’s Very Rewarding!

    Not to mention fun! Seeing a seed/plant you planted produce food for your family and friends will just make you beam!

All of this to say, I know it can be intimidating! Over the coming weeks, I will go into depth on growing some of the most grown produce items and help answer some of your questions and help relieve your fears.

So tell me.

What’s holding you back from starting a garden?  Or, if you are a gardener, What’s your favorite plants to grow and what keeps you gardening?

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday.

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