I grew up next door to my granny, and we shared what I consider to be a pretty big yard. Granny had a huge garden behind her house (another house stands there now with its own yard, so that tells you how big it was), and Dad kept one just as big back on the hillside behind our house. They shared a compost pile. Although I grew up around gardens, I found them to be a nuisance. I literally remember thinking that I didn’t understand why anyone would work so hard when they could just go to the store and buy whatever they need. Boy, was I crazy! Now I understand why they put so much work into harvesting their own food.
Why Grow Your Own Food:
- It tastes better – plain and simple! What you buy in the store may have been picked before it reached its ripest and was shipped for days. It isn’t nearly as flavorful!
- It’s better for you. You control the pesticides and chemicals you use (or don’t use).
- It helps you become more self-sufficient. Most of us depend on other people for our basic necessities. This is one more way to break away from that. I want to provide for myself.
- It saves you money. Yes, it does take some time and effort, but it really pays off, especially if you grow a lot and preserve food for the rest of the year.