It was from there that my father brought home the three tomato plants that changed my life forever but the idea of getting cheap (or free) food was what started the adventure (along with the idea of impressing/disgusting my friends as I picked up a common lawn weed and proceeded to put it in my mouth!).
And gardening for food is a great way to start. I know many gardeners who prefer not to grow flowers for beauty because they maximize the space for vegetables and herbs. Sure they plant a few edible flowers like nasturtium or calendula but it's mainly vegetables which are used often in their kitchen.
Suffikboi sent me a fairly long email the other day and what stood out for me was this:
"the vegetables kept me from going hungry when money was tight"
A vegetable patch can help to offset grocery costs, and while you obviously can't grow everything in your backyard you can take a fair chunk out of it. (See this article on how one family estimated a garden saved them about $2000 in a year) In my own garden we grow kale every other year and even though I've picked most of it for fresh eating while I'm out in the garden, we often have enough to last us until we harvest again!
Therefore the great food and decreased grocery bill is yet another...Reason To Garden!
This is the second of many posts in our "Reasons To Garden" series here on Hiemstra Gardens. The last post on Gardening For Peace and Quiet can be found here and here you can find an archive of every post in the series.
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