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The Benefits of Growing Your Own Food

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  • 1960ANN
    this is my first year growing a vegetable garden, and I tried a lot of different types of food to see what would grow in my area. The rewards are incredible, when you can grow you own red and yellow peppers from seed instead of paying 2.99 for each one. I have cucumber, green beans, black eye peas and big boy tomatoes. Come winter (at least what we call winter in Central Florida) I can't wait to see what I can grow then. It's rewarding and relaxing and I wonder why I didn't start one sooner!. - 9/4/2009 2:17:27 PM
  • NEWME116
    We grow a small garden each year and enjoy the taste of fresh grown produce. Another fun part of it is sharing it with friends, family and neighbors. Its so fun to see them get excited about fresh grown veggies and fruit! When we get an over abundance of items (zucchini for instance) we take them to our local food bank. It is a bit of work, weeding, watering, etc, but also provides great rewards. - 9/4/2009 1:16:20 PM
  • This is an awesome article! i've always loved gardening every since we had a huge backyard garden when I was a kid. I've always kept flowers even at the little apartments I've had over the years, and my husband & I grew some herbs last year. Hopefully we'll be moving on to a big veggie garden when we get our new house this year! Gardening can be so much fun, and the product is yummy & definitely something to be proud of! - 3/26/2009 1:03:15 PM
    This is GREAT! I grew my own garden from seeds last year must have gotten 50 lbs of tomatoes. I had the best tasting strawberries I had ever tasted. I would like then to do an article on raising chickens! I don't live in the country but I still have chickens. We raise them for eggs. It's simple to raise chickens.......don't know why more people don't. - 3/25/2009 11:33:11 PM
    This is GREAT! I grew my own garden from seeds last year must have gotten 50 lbs of tomatoes. I had the best tasting strawberries I had ever tasted. I would like then to do an article on raising chickens! I don't live in the country but I still have chickens. We raise them for eggs. It's simple to raise chickens.......don't know why more people don't. - 3/25/2009 11:32:21 PM
  • As a child I remember having to get out in the garden early before the heat. Mom and Dad had 4 kids to feed and money was tight. Didn't enjoy it at the time but came winter and we would open a jar of peaches...yummm. Had 1 atempt at gardening when I got married. It produced lots of vegetables for us. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, peppers, tomatos, onions. For some reason that was the only one we had.

    Last year we decided we would attempt at grow tomatos and peppers in containers which was a huge flop....forgot to drill drainage holes. The roots rotted. Did some research online and found square foot gardening. Basically it's 4'X4' frames marked off into 12" squares. We have 4 beds built ready to add the soil mixture this weekend.

    I also found directions for a self-watering garden containers using 2 rubbermaid totes, a water pond soil basket ,black rubber hose and soil mixture. These would work for patios or apartment dwellers. I might give these a whirl this year too. - 3/25/2009 9:36:39 PM
  • I've tried container gardening since I moved up here and not had much success. I also tried growing herbs in strawbales and that didn't work. I have come to the conclusion that I need to have a greenhouse so that my plants can take advantage of the light before it gets warm up here. - 3/25/2009 8:49:48 PM
  • I have tried growing tomatoes in containers the past 3 years now. Just when they start to look great, they start rotting from the bottom. I keep getting tomato worms and have NO idea what to do about it---especially when trying to avoid pesticides. I did plant a blueberry and blackberry bush last year--so we'll see if that produces anything this year. I also tried growing peppers--green and banana. The banana peppers came out fine, but I got green peppers about as big as my thumb. I love the idea of gardening but I'm just not good at it. I'm not ready to give up yet. I guess I need to do a lot of research to get serious about it. - 3/25/2009 2:14:08 PM
  • Container gardening is the way to grow food when you have a patio or small area. - 3/25/2009 1:01:35 PM
  • Rivero! Thanks for posting about the growing boxes ...I have hubby working in it now. What a great way to grow a garden that self waters! Thanks - 3/25/2009 10:26:06 AM
  • For those who want to grow plants with the Earthbox method but can't afford the initial investment, here is a link to instructions for building your own earthbox type growing system. I haven't made it yet, but I'll be picking up the supplies this week. Here's a link:
    thbox.pdf - 3/25/2009 6:51:36 AM
  • My family's health has improved so much as we now grow and can almost all of our fruits and vegetables. The time is well worth it as it cuts back on illness and trips to the drs.

    - 3/25/2009 12:26:55 AM
  • Not only do you not need to worry about stuff like salmonella in peanut butter, you won't have to worry about the really BAD pesticide load on many fruits and veggies.

    Ignorance Does Not Equal Safety

    Even in the face of a growing body of evidence, pesticide manufacturers continue to defend their products, claiming that the amounts of pesticides on produce are not sufficient to elicit safety concerns. Yet, such statements are often made in the absence of actual data, since most safety tests done for regulatory agencies are not designed to discover whether low dose exposures to mixtures of pesticides and other toxic chemicals are safe, particularly during critical periods of development. In general, the government demands, and companies conduct, high dose studies designed to find gross, obvious toxic effects. In the absence of the appropriate tests at lower doses, pesticide and chemical manufacturers claim safety since the full effects of exposure to these mixtures of chemicals have not been conclusively demonstrated (or even studied).

    The majority of the U.S. population has detectable concentrations of multiple pesticide residues in their bodies, as detected in biomonitoring studies by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ubiquitous pesticide exposures are further compounded by exposure to hundreds of industrial chemicals that contaminate human bodies and are even found in the developing fetus. The full health effects of exposure to these mixtures of chemicals are not yet known; true public health protection would require a consideration of cumulative risks of exposure to multiple toxic chemicals at a time. - 3/20/2009 2:57:34 PM
  • We just got all that we need to do our garden 'hanging' this year. We are using a wire-tension system to convert a broken old hammock into a frame from which we are hanging 20 pots. And the seeds are in the peet pellets working on becoming seedlings. There will be (knock on wood) all kinds of peppers, squash, tomatoes and a variety of herbs. The point of getting it off the ground is to help us stay organic and keep all the pests and weeds away.

    Good luck to us all! - 3/1/2009 8:48:51 PM
    I would love to start a garden and hope to start one this spring. I live in an apartment, but have a small backyard where I can start a small garden. However, I have no idea where to even start. If anyone has any information on how to go about starting a garden, please write me! ANY info will be greatly appreciated! - 3/1/2009 1:06:01 AM

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