Archive Post #12: Why Everyone Should Grow ORGANIC!
Some people ask me why would I want to grow my own food when there is a super market on every other corner these days? Well I'm about to to list some tops reasons why everyone should be growing at least a portion of their own food.
1. Better Quality Most veggies available at the super-market honestly are commercial varieties genetically modified franken-food, grown for durability in transit and shelf life. At home, you can choose from local heirloom seeds such as those from our local seed company Botanical Interests that add variety, flavor, and distinction to your garden. Not to mention they taste much better too!
2. Fresher Food At home, you can walk out into your garden, harvest some non-GMO heirloom vegetables on the spot. You can be sure that the vegetables were allowed to ripen naturally instead of being artificially ripened with ethylene gas. That's right, most of the food you buy in a super market is harvested before it has ripened which results in much lower nutritional value. Why would you want to pay premium prices for nutrient deficient food? Remember that old saying you are what you eat? Try eating fresh home grown nutrient rich vegetables and get rid of all those pesky and expensive vitamins once and for all! Plus, backyard organic gardens are much less dependent on pesticides, fertilizers, and fuel required for growing crops.
3. Smaller Carbon Footprint Current estimates put the distance that supermarket food travels from its source to your table at 1,500-2,500 miles. Try satisfying your hunger by walking 15 feet out to your organic garden to grab your favorite greens and vegetables for tonight’s dinner—without ever having to start the car and fight the crowded parking lots at the grocery store!
4. Healthy Choices Frequently consuming local organic vegetables is better for your health than eating processed foods that are high in fats, sugars, and preservatives. Feed your body the right foods, and you will enjoy improved health and energy!
5. Good Economics Okay, it costs money to have a garden, but there are ways that it can save you money and peace of mind as well. Time spent shopping for food can also be spent tending a garden, a much more peaceful and calming experience compared to pushing grocery carts around and standing in the checkout line. How many sugar packed colorful cartooned cereal boxes does your child have to beg you for before you finally go insane? Furthermore, if a packet of squash seeds costs $2.00 and you grow 30 squash from 1 seed, that’s 7 cents per squash from only one plant! If you have ever grown squash then you know you can easily feed your family and your neighbors family from only one or two plants!
6. Making a Difference Whether you are feeding yourself or an entire community, knowing about plants and how to grow your own organic produce is an important step towards developing sustainable, educated, and healthy communities.
The bottom line is growing your own organic produce is beneficial for you, your community and the planet. A few other benefits I didn't mention above would be cleaner air and water, less landfill waste, food security and last but not least personal satisfaction.
When considering organic garden soils & fertilizers many quality products are out there and available to the home gardener weather you have the space to spread out or plan to experiment on your 3rd story apartment patio. Its time for people to take there health back into there own hands! I promise you can do it and the dedicated gardeners at Victory Hydro Gardening are here to help you-so no excuses! We are open 7 days a week and we always answer the phone and reply to emails so feel free to take full advantage of or customer service. Helping you is what we are here for because helping you helps us!