Friday, June 5, 2015

Farm Girl Friday Post 2


 In The Garden


“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that 'she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett,
The Secret Garden

There is something about growing a garden that just fills my heart with joy.  Gardening can be a great way to de-stress and relax. Moreover, it allows you to connect with nature and yourself. This past week, I have been reading “Montrose: Life in a Garden” by Nancy Goodwin. It is written as a biography documenting Nancy Goodwin's sixty acres historic property/gardens located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I liked her simple and mindful way of describing how and why each garden was developed. Beautifully written and illustrated, Nancy captures your attention and inspired me to plant my own paradise. 

You may not be convinced to start a garden. We all have excuses for not getting out hands dirty.


Reasons to Grow Your Own Vegetables From Southern Living


My Garden

1) Price

The most significant reason to grow your own produce is the price. Take herbs, for example. A pack of herbs from the grocery store can cost anywhere from $3 to $6 and you use the pack for one, maybe two meals. Buying potted herbs, on the other hand, costs $2.50 to $4 and they last for about eight months. Some herbs, like rosemary and thyme, can even last for years. Growing your own herbs can be made cheaper by starting out with seeds, which cost $1 to $2.





We are growing our tomatoes in buckets with Bat guano and worm castings
 2) Control What Goes In your Food

Another reason for growing your own is that you can control what goes into your food. You can
either be very strict in keeping your produce organic, or use fertilizer and pest control that you approve of. The security of knowing how your food is grown and what is used in the process can be reason enough to grow your own.


We grow several herbs in pots.
3) Freshness


We've all run into the problem of reaching into our fridge's produce drawers and finding limp or bruised vegetables. You won't have that problem when you can pick them straight from the source and put them in your dinner that night. Produce found in the grocery store is typically picked half ripe, having an effect on its flavor.




Modern Farmer says it best...

"There’s no denying that standing in the garden and picking your first summer tomato gives you a good feeling. Even in an urban environment a small pot of basil on the windowsill can brighten your day."  





I completely agree! You don't need a big backyard or a green thumb to benefit from gardening. If you have very little space or experience, you can start out with just a few houseplants, or you could even try gardening in containers. I started gardening for several of the same reasons above: to save money, to eat as locally as possible (it doesn't get more local than your own backyard), to have more control over how my food was raised, since I'm a big believer in chemical-free farming. I found that I enjoyed it and as soon as spring arrives, I tend to dig out the garden books and plan.

My favorite part of gardening is that it builds community.
 
It seems that few people know their neighbors anymore, but when you spend time outside in your yard you may find yourself chatting with the neighbor over the garden fence.




One last reason to start a garden may be the biggest bonus of all: gardening builds community.
It seems that few people know their neighbors anymore, but when you spend time outside in your yard you may find yourself chatting with the neighbor over the garden fence. And once you realize you have planted more green beans or tomatoes than you could ever use, you’ll be surprised how delighted people are when they see you come their way!
- See more at: http://www.greenandhealthyhomes.org/blog/5-reasons-why-you-should-plant-garden-your-backyard#sthash.GSr1TbF6.dpuf
So go ahead and get your hands a bit dirty!

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