How Green Can You Be

Are you really concerned about the environment? Maybe you should consider a veggie patch.

Growing your own food is on the edge of becoming trendy. As more people become switched on to thinking “green”, interest in home vegetable gardens increases. Growing vegetables and fruit at home minus pesticides and food miles is one of the best ways to help the environment and also directly benefit your health. Once vegetable gardens become established your enjoyment of your home-grown produce will become motivation in itself.

For people in the know, growing some of your own vegetables and fruit seems an obvious and simple way to help our environment. Yet according to the National Gardening Association only 31% of U.S. households participate in food gardening. What’s in it for you if you take up vegetable gardening? The personal benefits include better health, cheaper produce and the satisfaction of knowing that you’re genuinely making a positive difference to the environment.

Maintaining a home vegetable garden enables you to help the environment in numerous ways.

You can set up a semi-closed system which recycles your kitchen waste into compost (and possibly chook food).
Tip debris can be re-used as gardening containers, greenhouse frames, vegetable bed borders and various other creative gardening solutions.
Gathering your food just steps from your back door reduces food miles.
Organic gardening methods embrace sustainability and biodiversity and provide you with guaranteed pesticide-free produce.

Perhaps the most enjoyable personal benefit of vegetable gardening is just how good your home-grown vegetables and fruit taste. There’s really a huge difference in flavour between a shop-bought and home-grown tomato. Picking your own food fresh just five minutes before you eat it can give you a real kick.

Starting a vegetable garden needn’t be an overwhelming task. If you launch into a full scale veggie patch, then yes, you’ll need to devote significant time and effort to the project in order to set it up well. However, you can start as simply as growing greens in a large container, planting a self-pollinating fruit tree or sprouting mung beans in a jar on your kitchen bench. It all counts.

More vegetable gardening tips can be found at www.growingraw.com.

Trina Cleary is the editor of the Growing Raw Healthy Eating Guide. Copyright: you may freely republish this article, provided the text, author credit, the active links and this copyright notice remain intact.

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