Every little bit helps…if you grow it yourself!
Growing your own fruit and vegetables can help save money, improve the quality of life and help improve Mother Nature. Did you know that in the UK 26% of the population grow their own fruit and vegetables? A quarter of the British population choose gardening at their own home in order to improve their quality of life during difficult times.
It is not just the Great British population making these steps.
In the 1990’s Cuba faced economic circumstances which forced them to adopt local, urban, organic farming methods and put them into practice. As of 2008, at least 1/3 of the land in Cuba is used to organically grow produce. As a result, Cuba leads the world in organic agriculture.
We can follow these examples in our own homes. Growing food has many benefits and here are just a few:
• It can save each family a lot of money.
• It reduces our carbon footprint and overall energy expenditure.
• It helps us to combat the world food crisis.
• It benefits health and well-being. It can help wildlife.
• By increasing food sources, it can also save lives.
What many people have now decided to do for a money saving solution is to grow food at their own home and purchase things from local farmers. You may also find that local farmers sell seeds but if not they will always be available in gardening centers, nurseries or even online. Seeds are very inexpensive! If you prefer, you can also buy pre-sprouted plants for a bit more money.
Now growing your own food has many benefits. First off, it always tastes so much better when you grow it yourself. You also know how your vegetables are grown, so you can fully trust them. With mineral rich soil, you will truly benefit from the high nutrients your fruits and veggies will have. If you’re into juicing, you will save loads of money growing your own!
Even if you don’t have a lot of room, there are many ways to garden using planters. You can build a garden box, like this one…
Did you know?
On average during harvest your food could have travelled 1500 miles if not more, especially food that has been imported from other countries. When you grow your own produce you stop supporting long distance hauls of food. You do not use new plastic bags to transport your veggies. It sounds obvious but it is extremely important to know. Every year, there are over 500 billion plastic bags that are produced in the world and every year, at least 100,000 mammals and birds die from these plastic bags. This includes whales and even alligators. One alligator was found dead with 25 plastic bags in its stomach.
The world food crisis is growing. Due to an increase of storm activity from global warming, food prices are rising and even still they are predicted to rise due to how we treat this world. These factors increase the cost of living as well as the cost in how much we pay for our food.
If we took the US population and managed to get 5% to grow their own food, then on average that would leave 15.3 million people adding food to the world supply. Every little Helps!
Improve The Quality Of Life Within Your Own Garden!
People who enjoy gardening do many wonderful things in order to improve the quality of life. A garden filled with fruit and nut trees, vegetables, flowers, and other plants is a rich, happy place. If you didn’t know, leaves protect soil and prevent the sun from leaching out nutrients or water. The Shrubs, trees, and plants all protect small animals and beneficial insects. The plants also help to hold in moisture, preventing drought and a loss of minerals. This will reduce your need to water or maintain your lawn!
If you protect the birds and bees etc, then these animals will also aid your garden. It’s true, if you help them they help you, just the way nature intended to. Try this:
Birds benefit from feeders filled with organic birdseeds. They will eat certain insects that desire to eat your vegetable leaves (for example: caterpillars). The feeders will also help keep the birds away from your fruit, and if it doesn’t, simply net off the plant from the birds.
If you live in an area with bats, they eat mosquitoes and other insects. To protect bats, you could build a bat house and hang it 15-20 feet high on a nearby tree or in the middle of a field.
Ladybugs are ideal for your garden as they eat aphids and other pests. They are often sold at the nursery where you buy organic fertilizer from.
Start a worm farm! Worm composting is an incredibly efficient way to convert kitchen scraps, junk mail and cardboard into nutrient-rich compost for your garden, seriously! Master gardeners agree that the compost produced by worm farms is gold to your garden.
Nature is designed so perfectly to maintain and protect itself. The earth is naturally dense, diverse, beautiful and filled with many forms of life that maintain and protect each other.
Please don’t strip life’s potential!