Seven reasons to grow your own produce
THERE is nothing quite as rewarding as picking your own herbs and vegetables from your backyard.
So we've pulled together seven reasons to grow your own produce:
1. Save money: Vegetable gardens are like the gifts that keep on giving. Buy once and watch them blossom time after time. You'll save stacks of money by having your own growing pantry.
2. Taste amazing: You have never tasted vegetables until you've had them straight from the garden. Crispier, crunchier, sweeter, juicier, everything's better when it's freshly picked just minutes before you eat it, unlike some store-bought produce that has been on the shelves for days.
3. Neighbourhood envy: Ever looked over your neighbour's fence to see their incredible fruit and veggie garden going gangbusters only wishing you too could pick your entire salad from the back deck? You can be that guy…
4. Health benefits: Not only will you naturally eat more fruit and vegetables, but you'll get the stuff that's jam-packed with good stuff. There's a reason they taste better - they still contain the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins. For us to benefit from live enzymes in produce, it must be eaten uncooked and about three hours after it is picked - something only possible when picked straight from the garden!
5. Teach the kids about produce: Some children these days have no idea about the paddock to plate concept. They think onion grow at the supermarket and strawberries grow in plastic punnets. This is the chance to let them grow their own delicious produce and see it sprout from seedling, to dinner!
6. Less food waste: You'll only pick what you need instead of buying in bulk and letting it go to waste in the bottom fridge drawer.
7. Sustainability: Anything we can do to boost the sustainability of our earth is a good thing. Growing your own reduces greenhouse gasses, frees up agricultural land and reduces the use of pesticides and herbicides.
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