Rosalind Creasy has been growing an edible landscape by gardening at home since the 70’s. In 2008, the total value of the fresh vegetables she grew in her 100-square-foot garden in 2008 was $683.43.
How Much Space is Needed for Residential Gardening?
No matter how much or how little space you have, you can grow food. Planter boxes, hanging baskets, greenhouses and for urban environments there are new companies every year bring options to the table.
The cost of farming and gardening at home are as varied as the options. There are countless books and websites you can explore to create your perfect garden based on what you want to grow, how much you want to spend, and where you live.
Gardening For Your Health
Eating homegrown food has numerous health benefits. A varied diet of fresh produce introduced on a regular basis is not only better for you and your family, it tastes so much better and saves you a ton of money! Isn’t it astounding that more of us aren’t growing our own food?
When you factor in the rising cost of food over eight years and multiply that by an average of 600 ft2 yard space, you could be growing over $10,000 per year in healthy and fresh produce. Homegrown food that you can eat, share, trade and sell.
Residential gardening isn’t just healthier because the vegetables are fresher and more abundant, there are plenty of reasons why you should be concerned about where your food comes from and the manner in which it is grown.
Only by growing your own food can you be assured that your food is healthy.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides to be carcinogenic, and most are damaging to your nervous system as well.
Eat, Juice, Sell
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, juicing has had a massive benefit to those he has seen.
“Juicing organic vegetables is highly recommended to patients in our clinic who are working to restore or improve their health. I am firmly convinced that juicing is one of the key factors to giving you a radiant, energetic life, and truly optimal health. I simply do not know of any other single nutritional intervention that has a more profound influence on health than eating and/or juicing fresh, organic vegetables.”
The fresher the food, the healthier it is and the better it tastes. If you can regularly shop from a local, organic farm, that’s great. If you can grow your own even better!
There simply can be no way to get fresher produce than when you grow your own. You can bring excess food to the local food bank, sell it at farmers markets, give it to friends and family or exchange with other growers.
The best way to start is to start learning about it.
Have a look into what is available in your community. Go to you local farmers market, talk to neighbors, visit garden centers, and you will find that there is a healthy appetite for residential gardening.