6 Compelling Reasons to Grow Your Own Fruits and Vegetables

Some people are very skeptical about the benefits of growing your own fruits and vegetables.

I must admit, the time and effort to grow your own produce, as opposed to the convenience of simply buying produce from the grocery store, makes it seem like it’s not worth that effort.

One word. Control…

Because it’s obvious that we can’t trust how farmers grow fruits and vegetables “for profit”! They will do what it takes to make the produce look appealing, find ways to make the produce ripen by the time it gets to the supermarket, and question anything that may have been genetically modified.

That said, if you aren’t fortunate enough to have farmer’s markets that sell healthy, organic produce in your area, then you really don’t have much choice buy to try to organically grow your own if you have the land to do it!

Advantages

Here are a few compelling reasons why growing your own fruits and vegetables is better:

  • 1. Yes. control. You control the fruits and vegetables that your eat by growing your own. That would be the ultimate in knowing exactly what you are getting.
  • 2. Convenience and accessibility. You won’t have to travel to buy fruits and vegetables because they will be in your backyard (or front yard).
  • 3. Many say locally grown is best, and nothing’s more local than picking fruits and vegetables in your own backyard. Also, you’ll know the produce is accessible and it didn’t travel a long way to get to the supermarket, and you didn’t have to use up gasoline to travel to the grocery store to get your fruits and vegetables!
  • 4. You get your work out. Critics will say that it takes too much time and energy to grow your own, but on the plus side you are getting a working out gardening, growing and harvesting instead of expending energy and time at the gym. I think that in the old days, before gym memberships, people worked harder to put food on the table by working the soil. Perhaps we need to get back to that?
  • 5. Home grown always tastes better. This is very true. You’d have to grow your own and see for yourself, but from my experience I’ve tasted better tomatoes, fruits and onions from my own garden. Mainly because the average gardener/urban farmer puts more effort to grow the best produce by managing the soil, fertilizing, growing organically and avoiding dangerous pesticides, and just adding more TLC to their own plants.
  • 6. You’ll eat healthier. And chances are, if you start growing your own fruits and vegetables at home, you’ll eat better and eat more whole foods than processed foods.

Disadvantages

Now to be fair, there ARE disadvantages to growing your own fruits and vegetables at home.

  • 1. Unless you have a greenhouse, fruits and vegetables will be available only when in season. But this is an advantage because you won’t be buying fruits and vegetables that were forced to grow year-round by unnatural means.
  • 2. Yes, you’ll have to invest a certain amount of time, energy and commitment to growing your own fruits and vegetables; especially in the beginning. But, especially when it comes to fruits trees, once they have been established for years, they will bear fruit and require less care and maintenance.
  • 3. Not everyone has land to grown their own fruits and vegetables. But, even if you live in an apartment, there might be ways to grow your own by doing container gardening. And maybe there’s a fire escape or access to a rooftop, or better yet, there is a community garden in which you can lease a plot of land to garden.
  • 4. True, not everyone has a green thumb. But for many, there are multitudes of online resources that can get people started with gardening. I always thought I had a “black thumb” and couldn’t grow anything, but it’s a process of learning how plants grow in general and what their requirements are to survive and flourish.

Sustainability

The more we understand the laws of nature, the more we can appreciate how things grow and how we take advantage of plants in order to survive.

For instance, the kitchen scraps we throw away can be used in a compost pile and that compost can go back into the soil to nourish the plants.

And the more we grow our own produce at home, the less fuel is used to deliver produce to the grocery stores and farmer’s markets, which in turn causes less pollution and does less harm to the environment.

One gardener how posts numerous videos on YouTube has converted his front and back yards into vegetable and fruit gardens. Another advantage that he mentions is the fact that you can grow rare fruits and vegetables in your own home that would be very expensive to buy in the grocery stores. And if you love a certain rare fruit or vegetable, it would be more cost effective to grow it yourself in your own backyard.

Note: If you have another compelling reason to grown your own fruits and vegetables, that

Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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