Grow Your Own Food

Blog / October 14, 2016 /

My blog isn’t just about saving energy, it’s about being conservative. I want to save you money that you don’t know you’re spending. Have you ever felt the desire to grow your own vegetables? When I lived at home in Victoria B.C, my parents allowed me to manage my own garden and I loved it. The garden bed itself contained zucchini, potatoes, walla-walla onions, squash and Cabbage. We had separate tomato plants, strawberries and some other things as well, along with 3 fruit trees. I have always kept myself pretty busy so there was no way I could maintain all of the vegetation’s health, luckily my parents were awesome people and helped me look after it, they also hired a company called: Irrigation Victoria Bc, and they helped my produce grow in abundance.

I must say this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is not only beyond satisfying and conservative, but it tastes so much better than store bought! I can honestly say I’ve never had tastier strawberries than the ones from my backyard; and in Victoria they have some damn good strawberries… I don’t know if it’s the climate or what, but I haven’t even thought about who is in second place for strawberries.

What Kind Of Vegetables Should I Grow?

farmThis really does depend on the climate of your city, state or region. In my hometown we were really lucky, as I mentioned; strawberries, cabbage and squash, potatoes, lots of root vegetables, kale is a big one too. In the Okanagan it is a bit warmer so you will have more success with things like apples and pears. You will have to look into what suits the temperature in your area, but usually I try to steer clear from things like cauliflower and celery because they’re a little more difficult, and you may end up putting more time and effort in than it’s worth. I always had so much fun growing fruits and veggies, it is motivating to know you are creating life. These are some easy vegetables to grow that I’ve had a positive outcome with:

  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Potatoes
  • Squash

Honestly that list could keep going on and on, there is a few veggies like corn that are just too precise for me, and take too much effort to get right. Most however are very simple and will just do their thing with a little bit of assistance, and correct timing.

Growing your own produce is extremely economical. You save money on vegetables; which are actually becoming quite expensive. They are much higher in nutrients from your backyard; because the further they travel the more they decay, you will likely be consuming a lot less pesticides, and it promotes healthy food within your household.

There are countless beneficial reasons besides economical purposes to grow your own produce. If you have children and you get them helping out in the garden, they may be more inclined to eat the food they helped grow. The parts of vegetables you don’t eat can be composted and create health within your soil. Gardening instigates physical activity, new interests and skills and knowledge.

I’ve just given you so many reasons to look into growing vegetation, at this point I can’t see why you wouldn’t give something like this a chance. I’m making this post because it’s been on my mind lately, and I’m seriously considering finding a home where I can do this again. If you’d like more information feel free to reach out to me.