Why Garden? When I think of becoming more self- sufficient one of the first things I think of is having a vegetable garden. Having your own garden is an excellent component of a self-sufficient lifestyle. It’s also a wonderful activity to engage the family. Involve your children in planning your garden, and plant vegetables they like to eat. Include vegetables, like radishes and lettuce that are quick growing as well.
I’ve always had a vegetable garden, some gardens have been very small and others much too large! There may be some start up costs involved in setting up a garden, but with time a garden does pay off financially. Herbs will pay for themselves quickly. Eventually so will the berry bushes, fruit trees and fresh vegetables. If you preserve your harvest you will save even more money. Having a pantry and a freezer will help you to prolong the pleasure of the harvest.
When I think of the reasons and ask myself “why garden?” I can think of so many benefits. Having a garden will give you exercise. You will have a great satisfaction of knowing where your vegetables come from. Looking at your pantry at the end of the growing season and knowing that you grew what is stored will give you such a good feeling. You know exactly what is in each canning jar and what the ingredients are.
In the end you will probably find that the benefits of a garden can’t be measured in dollars and cents. For me I enjoy the time I spend in my garden. I love having a productive hobby I can share with others. I also love filling my pantry shelves with the gardens bounty, salsas, and sauces and jams all made with the bounty I grew. We’ve even designed our own salsa labels for gift giving.
If you are asking yourself why garden, bring your questions to me. If you have already decided to plant a garden this year here is an excellent post on preparing the garden for spring. However big your garden is have fun and enjoy the experience of gardening!