There are many reasons to start your own garden: The high cost of store-bought produce, fear of toxins and contaminants, concerns about the carbon footprint, uncertainty about the truthfulness of the "organic" label, rising prices at farmer's markets, and so on. All good reasons to grow your own vegetables. But one of the main reasons is the joy that planting, harvesting, and cooking vegetables that you grew will bring. The feel of your hands in the soil. The excitement of watching your very own garden grow. The patience needed to tend to it as it matures through a season. The gardening experience will draw you closer to the natural cycle of life that so many of us miss in our hectic, modern-day lives. It will slow you down. To successfully garden, you will have to stop, look, and observe closely. And possibly the most important reason? The flavor of the food you grew yourself will astound over and over again. It is as fresh as it possibly could be because you just picked it.
"Community" is another very good reason to plant your own garden. The over-abundance of produce your garden might generate can be shared with family, friends, and neighbors. Working in your front or backyard garden with your immediate family will probably draw you closer. Sharing gardening tips with and seeking advice from the larger gardening community is another wonderful benefit.
Gardening is ultimately about health, economy, self-sufficiency, family, and community. It is a lifestyle that many people are now adopting. At Front to Backyard, we want to help you embrace your inner gardener and get your hands back into the soil. You'll live healthier, happier and, longer. We promise.
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