The DeLish Bite

Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

Although not everyone has access to a green area in their front or backyard, those who do have the option of planting a vegetable garden to grow your own veggies. Growing your own vegetables organically has so many benefits, not only for ourselves and our families, but for the environment too. Growing an organic vegetable garden can also be a fun family activity that your kids can sink their teeth into – it will not only keep them busy during the lazy summer months, but will teach them the value of local and sustainable food practices. Benefits of growing an organic garden: The most obvious benefits of growing your own fruits and vegetables are that you reduce the cost of your families produce and that you avoid using pesticides that are harmful to us and the environment. Organic vegetable gardening is more sustainable in many ways. By avoiding the use of pesticides and herbicides you will maintain healthy soil for years of successful growing seasons. Homegrown produce healthier for your family: Homegrown organic vegetables are not just good for your own green space, they are good for you and your family. It is no secret that commercially grown non-organic produce is coated in carcinogens and poisons; things that none of us (especially children) should consume. By growing your own organic produce you can be sure of exactly what is going into your, and your family’s bodies. Free of synthetic chemicals: Organic vegetable gardens are also free of the synthetic chemicals used to fight common gardening problems like pests and diseases. Organic gardening uses natural methods to fight these problems, which are generally safer, cheaper and easier. Organic gardening is economical:
While organic produce is sometimes more expensive in the grocery store, this does not mean that organic vegetables are more expensive to grow. You will find that organic gardening requires only naturally occurring, local items which are cheaper and easier to acquire than synthetic chemicals. Stay tuned for part 2 of Growing Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden with tips on how to get started and which vegetables and fruits are best! Image courtesy of Google Images