11 Vegetables Anyone Can Grow on Their Own
Written by Dr. Sean Medlin and Dr. Krystal Czegus / Updated on June 6, 2018 / 0 comments
1 in 3 US households are now growing their own food garden, according to a special report from the National Gardening Association (NGA). This equates to about 42 million households with a food garden in 2013, which is a 17% increase from 2008.
Keeping a garden can improve your health in many ways. It provides you with fresher, uncontaminated food, and cuts your grocery bill. The NGA estimates that the average US family spends $70 per year to plant a vegetable garden, but grows about $600 worth of produce. That’s a $530 return on your investment!
Many new gardeners are drawn in by the promise of garden-fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and carrots. In addition, many stick with it due to the rewarding feeling of growing your own food.
You might be surprised at how much food you can grow from just a few packets of seeds. Even if you’re new to gardening, many of the foods that follow are relatively foolproof options. The following also deliver a pretty robust harvest, sometimes in as little as a few weeks from planting.
Keep in mind that there are many options to growing food in or around your home. Even without space in your backyard, you can still grow vegetables in containers on your patio, balcony, or rooftop. Community gardens are also growing in popularity where you can rent a plot of soil to grow food for your family.
If this is your first garden, you might want to start out with just a few options from this list. You’ll probably need to experiment with different methods of planting, watering, building soil health, and controlling pests naturally. As you gain confidence and harvest the fruits of your labor, your garden, and your passion for gardening, will likely continue to grow.
Yours in Health,
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