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1/22/13 8:00 P

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"I seen 'em" this is the code phrase between DH and I for when we see the first green sprouts from the garden seeds...well we seen 'em...the first tomatoes are growing!!!

So fun to walk into the local stores and have the huge seed displays right up front...people are thinking spring...DH always has his seeds way ahead but it is fun to see the displays.



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Thank you Linda...I am going to look up warming mats now.

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Hello sparkfamily! Please visit my page to see the teams that I lead as all of them will not fit here! I am looking forward to seeing you there! Remember to keep HEALTHY at the top of your daily list! You can do it! Hugs, Rose:))


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My DH grows this huge market garden so we not only feed us but two three communities as we attend three Farmer's markets...plus our daughter cans and freezes all she can and the gift's of food and preserves serve our extended families. We are blessed..

Can't remember, did I tell you that DH has planted his first tomato seeds for garden 2013!!! They are in the basement on warming mats with grow lights.


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We are farm people and we always had gardens and I would not have it any other way !

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1/18/13 11:38 A

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All very good points! I never remember not having a garden. My parents always raised a nice garden and had a potato patch. So it was a way of life for me. One that I love, I might add!

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You Know Exactly What You Are Eating


By growing your own fresh vegetables, you know exactly what took place while producing them. You were the one to fertilize, water, and nurture the plants from a small seed into a beautiful, productive plant. When buying vegetables from a supermarket or produce stand, there is really no way of knowing how, or where, they were grown. There could have been harmful pesticides and fungicides used during the raising of those vegetables.

Remember all the salmonella and E. coli outbreaks in recent years that were caused by tainted produce? Growing your own produce greatly reduces the risk of contracting these illnesses, because you are the one growing and harvesting your crops. Of course, you should always exercise sanitary habits any time you handle something edible.

Growing Your Own Vegetables Is Cost Effective

A trip to the grocery store today to buy produce can cause sticker shock. Produce prices are steadily increasing, and that is even when crop supplies are at normal levels. Let a certain vegetable have a bad farming year, and prices can quickly double, or even triple.

By growing your own vegetables, then preserving (by canning, freezing, or drying) them, you could potentially save a truckload on your food bill. Who doesn’t like the idea of saving money?

Gardening Improves Your Health


Growing a garden offers many emotional, physical, and mental benefits. Spending time after work in the garden can help to relieve stress, and increase your overall activity level. Recent research has revealed that sunlight can improve sleep, deter depression, and promote a better immune system.

Producing your own foods can also encourage your family to eat more wholesome and nutritious meals. Vegetables typically grown in a home garden are far more nutritious and flavorful than those purchased in a store.

Reconnect With Family and Friends Through Gardening


Growing a vegetable garden does not have to be a solo act. Get your whole family involved by growing vegetables that your kids will like. Make it fun by growing vegetables with cute names like 'Green Zebra' tomatoes, 'Cinderella' pumpkins, or 'Patty Pan' squash. Give them a few plants to grow for themselves, and mentor them during the process. You will have a great time watching their excitement when their plant produces its first bloom, and then the first fruit.

You can also share your gardening with friends that may have gardens. Share gardening hints and tips with each other, and even have friendly competitions on who has the biggest tomato, or summer squash. Share your vegetables with neighbors, or donate a portion of your crop to your local food bank. Sharing your garden is always an excellent way to strike up a conversation, and build fellowship.

Growing Your Own Vegetables Is Very Rewarding

Nothing can give you a better sense of accomplishment than growing your own vegetables. To know that you have placed a seed in the soil, and cared for it throughout its growth, can be a very gratifying experience. Also, you are using your hard work to produce better meals for your family. Enjoying a fresh salad with the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes that came from your garden will make it all worthwhile.

If you are still unsure about growing your own vegetable garden, then I hope that you seriously think about these five reasons. Vegetable gardening is a win-win situation that can change your life for the better.



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