|Hoping for a lot more of this in the coming season|
And why should other people be doing it too?
If you ask people why they should grow vegetables often the immediate answer is to save money. I think this is a half-truth. Starting a vegetable garden from scratch isn't easy. Building beds and enriching soil can be back breaking work. Purchasing tools, seeds, and plants can be expensive to start. But like many things, once you have the equipment for the job, you are set. Tools, given they are good quality, should last a lifetime. Instead of purchasing seeds each year, you can begin to gather seed from your own plants. So while there is an initial investment of energy and money, that cost will be offset by years of gathering food for free.
|A fraction of the cost of store bought but what else?|
Preservatives, genetically modified seeds, pesticides, and fertilizer. All of these can be found in food we purchase at the grocery store. But do we know exactly what sort of chemicals are involved, and in what quantities they can be found in our food? Probably not. Even the most diligent shopper might have trouble with these issues since, for instance, genetically modified food in Canada is not required by law to be labeled. Are we aware of what these agricultural alterations do to the environment and to our bodies? When you grow your own food there is no question. It's your soil, your seeds. My veggies get water, sunshine, and homemade compost. I have no questions about what they contain.
|Do you know what your food is being sprayed with?|
|Shop bought tomatoes just do not compare|
|If you didn't grow your own garlic would you know about eating garlic scapes?|
I invite everyone to take back their food. Grow a tomato in a pot on your balcony. Plant a tub full of lettuce There is joy to be had in bringing your own food to the table.
|Growing your own food just makes you feel good!|
Argentina's Bad Seeds - People & Power - Al Jazeera English