Having your own vegetable patch or fruit garden was once commonplace, but fell out of favor as the food industry become more commercial and supermarkets began to take over. In recent years; however, more and more people have started to explore growing their own produce again. Here we give 5 reasons why you might consider starting your own kitchen garden.
Fruit and vegetables taste better and are healthier if eaten as soon as possible after picking. Most fruit you buy from supermarkets is picked well before it is properly ripe, to extend shelf life, and this usually has an impact on the flavor. Growing your own lets you taste the freshest possible produce as it’s meant to taste.
Commercially grown crops are often selected for their high yields, uniform appearance,
Much supermarket fresh produce is hugely overpriced, despite their advertising claims. Growing your own vegetable from seed is about as inexpensive as you can get, and even if you grow it from a small plant you buy is likely to provide you better food at a lower cost. With many plants, you can use the seed from one growing season to provide plants for the next – a self-sustaining cycle that will cost you only time and effort to keep going.
More and more people have concerns about how our food is produced, with chemical pesticides and GM food a particular worry. With your own vegetable patch, you know exactly where your food is from and how it was grown
Don’t know how to start? Check out this Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
There are literally thousands of different varieties of fruit and vegetables, but supermarkets tend to concentrate on only the most profitable and easy to sell. This means that our choice is often limited to a few select varieties of apple, for example, rather than the hundreds of traditional kinds that exist. Growing your own lets you pick the varieties you like the most, and experiment to find new ones you’ll rarely see on sale.
There is, of course, a downside to all this – it takes time and effort. In these increasingly busy times, we might not think we have the time to spare, but starting small with a few herb plants on your windowsill, or even the odd tomato plant, will give you a taste of growing your own and might even be enough to hook you into it for life.