Hello everyone, it’s me Tanya again! So I wanted to say that this is my favorite time of year! Ok, well…the beginning of my favorite time of year. It’s planting season and I can’t wait to select the garden seedlings for the upcoming season. Every year, my husband (the real green thumb in our family) and I create a map of our garden carefully thinking about what produce selection we want to grow making sure we rotate crop positions each year so that we can manage proper organic soil fertility (that’s a fancy term I learned which basically means don’t put the same plants in the same place every year – it’s bad for the soil.)
Growing your own food has so many wonderful benefits, however, I will list just three to make my point. First, it WILL save you money!! When you tally the cost of the produce that your family consumes at a grocery store, in most cases, you’ll see that you can grow them cheaper than buying them. Plant wisely! Plan the produce your family eats the most and make sure it can be easily stored or preserved as that also save you money. Items such as potatoes (white or sweet), onions, and squash store well in a cool, dark basement and tomatoes, string beans, cucumbers, and beets can be easily canned and stored so that you can enjoy them all year round. There is nothing more flavorful as tasting a garden tomato in February! Canning or preserving garden goodies isn’t as hard as you may think, there are plenty of websites which explain the basics. Or, head to your local hardware and garden store, helpful employees can assist you with the process. Second, on the list of benefits, is food safety and the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from. If you choose to use organic gardening methods, you don’t have to be concerned with all the pesticides or chemicals sprayed on most supermarket vegetables. And third, gardening is a great, healthy hobby to share with your family. Involve all members of the family as you plant, water and cook your own food. These life lessons will serve your children well for years to come. As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for the day, teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”. Same applies here with planting your own produce.
If you don’t have a lot of land to use or you live in an apartment, you can still grow some of your own veggies! Container gardening is a trend in large metropolitan areas. You can vertically grow, tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans and more! Check out this link for more container gardening ideas
I’d LOVE to see photos of your garden this Summer – I’ll be sure to post a few pics of my own, too! We’d love to show our Facebook friends just how fun and easy it is to garden. For now, here are a few photos of our canning efforts last year – tomatoes, pickles, and beans – YUM! Send your beautiful garden photos to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time…