Why I Decided to Grow My Own Vegetables
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Some of my family and friends still can’t believe that I grow my own vegetables, even when they see the evidence with their own eyes. I have never been someone who showed much interest in working the land and I have never like the idea of going to live on a farm or anything of the sort.
My parents are very green and I remember that they had a big vegetable patch on the other side of town. It always seemed like a lot of hassle to me as a kid when they went over there to work on it. I used to think that it would surely be a lot easier to just buy some vegetables.
However, I decided to grow my own vegetables after discovering the following things.
It Is Easy
If I am being honest I always thought that doing things like growing vegetables would be too much like hard work. I mean, aren’t farmers famous for getting up at the crack of dawn and spending all day using heavy machinery and working hard? This doesn’t really sound like the kind of thing which you can do in your spare time after a day at work. My way of thinking changed when I found out that growing vegetables at home is incredibly easy. I just bought some seeds and then planted them. From time to time I pull out some weeds or water the area but it isn’t anything like the sort of hard work I thought it would be.
Food Miles Are Bad
I had never really worried about my grocery shopping habits until I got talking to someone about food miles. After this I started paying attention to labels and discovered that a lot of the stuff I used to buy travelled huge distances to get to my local supermarket. I also remember seeing a documentary a while back about the environmental issues surrounding modern farming techniques. It just seems to make a lot more sense to grow my own vegetables when it is so easy and doesn’t do any harm to the planet at all. From now on I’ll be able to measure the distance my vegetables travel to my kitchen in food metres instead of food miles.
It Is Fun
My motto has always been that if it is fun and green then I’ll do it. I certainly don’t look on living an environmentally friendly life as being some sort of punishment or something which has to be incredibly dull all the time. After starting to look after my little vegetables I found myself thinking that this can be pretty good fun if you get into the flow of it. If you are looking for a fun hobby which helps the planet in a small way then you can’t do much better than grow your own vegetables at home. It is a great way of releasing the stress which has built up during a tough day.