Starting a vegetable garden is a fun and cheap way to enjoy your hobby while providing your family with fresh produce. Vegetable gardening is also a good start for beginning green thumbs to acquire the knowledge and skill of gardening. That is just one of the many benefits of planting vegetables in your home garden.
Eating healthy—especially organic—is very costly, even with the prices slowly going down. Today’s economy doesn’t afford as many luxuries as it did a few years ago. Yes, you initially have to spend money on the tools and supplies, but most of those tools will not need to be replaced anytime in the near future. So, it will pay itself off in no time.
If you are thinking green, then you should also consider the impact on the environment that mass pesticides and chemicals have. We all have learned that small steps count towards helping the environment. All of the pesticides we ingest have to affect us at some point, right? There is no way that ingesting those harmful chemicals can do anything good for our bodies, and over time the effects build up. There are more food allergies and intolerances than there used to be back before pesticides were part of our day to day foods. So, eating healthy vegetables that are planted in your own garden without harmful pesticides can definitely be an improvement to your health in the long term.
Planting vegetables in a variety of colors will ensure that there are adequate nutrients in your diet. This is the perfect opportunity to start eating better. Gardening is also a great form of low impact exercise. It is also worth joining your local gardening society in order to make friends that have similar interests, not to mention the nuggets of time-learned wisdom that they can provide.
So what are the downfalls of starting your own vegetable garden? Yes, you will have a small upfront fee. But you can limit how much you spend by picking up some used gardening tools at a flea market, if money is tight. Or, you can ask your “green thumb friends” for some hand outs, if you prefer. But other than that, and the fact that vegetable gardening takes some time, there are virtually no downsides to planting vegetables. In fact, even if you do not have a lot of room, you should be able to find a small patch of earth in which to do your vegetable planting, and some vegetables can even be planted in garden pots that are set up along a deck, patio or porch.
So, to answer the question, is planting vegetables worth the time and effort it takes, the answer is definitely “yes”. It can save you money, is good for the environment, is a fun and rewarding hobby, and most importantly, can increase the healthfulness of your diet and that of your family as well. If you have ever thought about planting vegetables on your own, rather than having to run to the market every time you want to make a salad or are preparing dinner, then it is definitely worth looking into doing, whether on a large or a small scale.