This year my husband has decided he isn’t buying vegetables or herbs any longer! Instead, he’s started growing his own! Now, I am someone who can’t even keep a houseplant alive and would more than likely kill just about every veggie or even herb planted if I were to plant anything and be left in charge of it. So, I was thrilled my husband decided to do this on his own.
I’ve always wanted to grow my own vegetables because my kids love specific ones and it gets tiring wasting money on something that can easily be grown. We don’t drive so what would be more convenient than heading to the backyard to grab the herbs and veggies needed for dinner at a moments notice? Nothing I’d say!I am really anxious to be able to go out to the backyard and pick our own veggies for salads, dinners and even the kid’s lunches so growing right now is:
- Spaghetti squash (Learn How to cook Spaghetti Squash in the oven!)
- Butternut squash
- Green beans
Why “waste time” having a garden?
The benefits of course. I know a lot of people feel it’s a waste of time when you can run to the grocery and pick up what you need but did you know growing your own vegetables is said to be great for the environment but also great for exercise. Watering, weeding, and harvesting will keep anyone in shape! After having 8 babies I figured I can help with his garden once he’s grown and established it and also keep up with some exercise.
Another benefit to growing your own vegetables is the fact you get to decide what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides come in contact with your food if any. This is huge considering we really have no idea what has been used on the veggies in our local supermarkets.
Getting the kids involved is another great benefit any parent can enjoy. Getting them outside, working with you and helping grow the very food they will be eating and enjoying – what is better than that? Not only will they appreciate the food they are eating but they’ll also take pride in it because they helped grow it!
I know for me, watching my husband plant seeds and keep them up then transferring them to the garden has made me appreciate them more than if he ran to the store and bought them. Someone taking time, putting in the love and attention to grow these wonderful healthy foods for our family means more than simply buying them. Of course, there will still be some items we buy and next year we will add to our garden if all goes well with what we have and are doing at the moment. But, for now, we will enjoy the small garden and what comes of it.
Do you garden? What do you grow?