Having your own vegetable patch or fruit garden was once commonplace, but fell out of favour as the food industry become more commercial and supermarkets began to take over. But the past few years have seen a change in the trends, with more people growing their own fruits and vegetables. Here are five good reasons for you to follow this trend and grow your own produce instead of heading to the supermarket.
It is always healthier (and tastier too) to eat your fresh produce right after you pick them. Most fruit you buy from supermarkets and the like is picked well before it is properly ripe, to extend shelf life, and this usually has an impact on flavour. Grow your own fruits and vegetables to get maximum freshness.
Commercially grown crops are often selected for their high yields, uniform appearance and long shelf lives rather than for quality and taste. Growing your own crops allows you to grow guaranteed fresh and tasty fruits and vegetables with high quality.
You Spend Less
Much supermarket fresh produce is hugely overpriced, despite their advertising claims. Growing your own from seed is about as inexpensive as you can get, and even growing from small plants you buy is likely to provide you better food at a lower cost. And you can make your plants self-sufficient by using the seed from one growing season to plant fruits and vegetables for the next growing season.
You Know Where Your Food Comes From
More and more people have concerns about how our food is produced, with chemical pesticides and GM food a particular worry. With your own vegetable patch, you know exactly where your food is from and how it was grown.
Supermarkets generally stock only the fruits and vegetables that can be easily sold, even if there are so many other varieties they can choose from. For instance, have you observed that supermarkets would only sell you so many varieties of apples or grapes when there are so many others you can choose from and enjoy better? If you have your own vegetable patch or fruit garden, you can mix, match and experiment until you find a variety that you really like, preferably one you don’t see everyday.
The one drawback to this option, of course, would be an additional investment of time and effort. The key here is keeping it simple if you’re just starting out, because these are hectic times we live in – a couple of herbs or tomato plants could get you started, and if you like what you’re doing, you’re sure to enjoy planting a complete fruit and vegetable garden when you’ve got enough time on your hands.