Grow Your Own Food, Live Better

Growing your own food not only helps your wallet, but it’s good for your mind and taste buds too.

| October 2012

  • Homesweet Homegrown Cover
    “Homesweet Homegrown,” by Robyn Jasko, is packed with practical information that will inspire and enable you to grow your own food and venture down the path of food independence.
    Cover Courtesy Microcosm Publishing

  • Homesweet Homegrown Cover

If you’ve ever considered growing your own food but haven’t gotten around to actually starting the process, then Homesweet Homegrown (Microcosm Publishing, 2012) can help. This simple guidebook will nudge beginners out the door towards true green-thumbdom, assisting readers with everything from seed germination times to the proper method of canning vegetables. In this excerpt from Chapter 1, “Know,” Robyn Jasko explains the many good reasons for gardening and the differences between common seed types.  

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Why Grow Your Own Food? 

There are so many reasons to grow your own food these days. Whether you have a container garden in New York City or a raised bed in suburbia, you can grow your own food no matter where you live, without a huge amount of work. Because, here’s a secret: gardening doesn’t have to be complicated.

You take some soil and some seeds, and you make food. Making food means you don’t have to go to the supermarket. By not going to the supermarket, you aren’t contributing to the cycle of food transportation, fuel costs, pollution, and the absurd reality that those tomatoes you see in the store actually came from a country thousands of miles away. But that’s just one reason to grow food, here’s more:

Homegrown Food Tastes Better 

Quite simply, food that you grow tastes a lot better because it wasn’t sprayed with pesticides and it didn’t sit in a truck that was driven across the country. And, by growing your own, you’ll have access to culinary varieties that your regular supermarket doesn’t even carry. Purple basil, heirloom garlic, yellow beets, blue pumpkins—just think of the amazing dinners!

It’s Fun 

Growing, making, and storing food is also rewarding, and a perfect way to add some balance to our stressed out crazy world. There are actually studies that support this—even just five minutes of putting your hands in the soil can give you a better perspective and improve your mood.

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