The Benefits of Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

Whether planted in the ground or in containers, there are many benefits derived from fruit and vegetable gardening. My paid work keeps me in an office most of the day of each week, and in a sedentary state. If not for my garden, I’d frankly spend a modest time outdoors. The fresh air (especially the evening ocean breezes where I live), sunshine, and exercise experienced while gardening have been health-affirming (stress-reducing!), as many folks will also likely attest. As mentioned in my previous posts, my fruit and vegetable gardening is primarily in containers, started from packets of seeds, and grown outdoors exclusively (versus starting seedlings indoors).

My fruit and vegetable garden has blessed me with a delicious bounty of homegrown and nutritious meals, started from a modest monetary investment. Indeed, it has been very cost effective. I’ve read that during tough economic times, there is a corresponding increase in the number of people growing their own food. It’s sometimes disheartening to try to stay within a budget when the cost of everything, including food, seems to go up almost daily. For example, I love heirloom tomatoes. But given the already tough economic climate and the ongoing food scare, heirloom or other tomatoes just don’t fit my budget. They’re “luxury” items. But my tomato plants have been so productive this season that I’ve been eating a minimum of one pound of raw tomatoes daily for the past month! My one cherry tomato plant has been exploding with tomatoes. Juicy! Rather than drive to my supermarket for tomatoes, I just walk to my backyard to “luxuriate” whenever I please.

I started my fruit and vegetable garden so that I could enjoy better, more nutritious food, regardless of the economy. But now, the money saved is undeniable. This has made fruit and vegetable gardening an essential part of my daily diet and, more broadly, my overall quality of life. I love it!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: The non-fruit parts of tomato plants are poisonous if ingested. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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3 Responses

  1. Most of my garden is flowers, except for strawberries and tomatoes, but I agree–working in my garden is the best exercise around. I try to get out there by six every morning while it’s still cool and breezy.

  2. I didn’t know that all the other parts of the tomato plant is toxic. I’ll make sure to follow that link because it is rather hard tobelieve. Must have something to do with the acid in the tomato I guess.

    All the best,
    Chris

  3. I can’t wait till October 15 to get all my vegies planted! It is a wonderful feeling (and taste) to eat your own homegrown vegetables. I love it too!

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