There are so many advantages to building a raised backyard vegetable garden that we can confidently say it is the right choice in almost every situation. Below is a quick guide to helping you decide if elevating your vegetable garden is the right choice for you. If you are looking for more tips on growing and tending your vegetables, the “How to Plant and Edible Garden in 10 Easy Steps” e-book is a great place to get started.
Few things in life are more satisfying than a tasty fruit or vegetable grown in your own backyard. There are many reasons why growing your own edible plants is so rewarding. When fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen to maturity in the sunshine, they are far tastier and more nutritious than those available in the grocery store. Both adults and children find delight in seeing something grow from a tiny sprout into a full vegetable. Not only are edible plant gardens educational, but you can save money on both lawn maintenance and groceries by turning a section of your backyard into an edible food-scape. What's not to love?
Location, price, and floor plans may be the most important factors for potential residents when choosing which apartment complex to move into, but it’s the amenities that often stick in their mind and help them picture making your property their home for at least the next 12 months. Fitness facilities, swimming pools, game and laundry rooms are quite standard in modern complexes but they can also be quite costly to maintain. Edible gardens in which your residents can grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits are one of coolest features you can add with little expense and will encourage your tenants to literally spread roots.
Talk about a perfect combination, home edible gardens are a great tool to get your kids active outside, learning about science and growing an appreciation for fresh, healthy foods. Particularly if they’re involved in the planning process (let them pick some or all of the plants), kids will love gardening. Naturally a multi-step project with each “lesson” needing only a few minutes per day or week, there is much to be learned: botany, patience and commitment, care, natural selection, the effects of neglect, natural resources, symbiosis, project management, etc.
Someone in your family not on board yet for planting an edible garden? Here are some things to get them thinking:
Your lawn is the nicest on the block, the cars are washed and you recently changed the oil, the gutters are clean and the shed is organized, you’re in need of another project. What next? Have you considered gardening?
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with super healthy nutrients including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamins A and C, and many others. Unfortunately, most Americans are eating far less fresh plant based foods than recommended and what they are eating is often drowning in salt and fat.
Have you ever eaten a snap pea right off the plant or bit into a tomato picked earlier in the day? If so, you would probably agree that there is no comparison between how those taste and the often bland versions found at the grocery store. It’s a shame that so often, our only options for produce is squeezed between the categories of not quite ripe grocery store fruits and veggies, and canned goods.