Growing your own vegetables is a terrific way to insure that you are eating healthy and that you are feeding your family nutritious safe food. The taste of home grown vegetables is also a very compelling reason to start a vegetable patch. The flavor of fresh picked and prepared is beyond compare to anything you can buy at the store. We could also talk about the pleasure you get from raising a successful vegetable garden. These would all be valid points and reason enough to grow a garden this year , but there is a much more personal and important reason that gardens will be going in across the country this year.
Many more families will be planting vegetable gardens this year than last from all across America. There will be people from all income levels many will be planting their first food garden not for pleasure but out of need. Yes the big recession is over and recovery is taking place but at a snails pace. There are many still out of work, losing their homes, or finding it difficult to meet all their expenses that need to cut back and economize. On top of all they have been through in the last couple of years there has been much change and violence in oil producing countries driving the price of gasoline up to where it is almost at $4.00 a gallon.
These high fuel price not only make it more difficult to get to work but they effect everything we purchase as well because it cost more to get these products to market.
It seems as if there is no end in sight and after just getting over a big price increase due to bad weather that killed a lot of crops now we are going to get another large increase that will raise the cost of vegetables again. If a head of lettuce cost $2.50 and the price of a tomato or a cucumber is a $1 each people will pretty much have to start going without salads or grow their own. I know that many people have been toying with the idea the last couple of years but now they are at the point where it will help their pocket books. The choice of eating well while still keeping the gas and electric on.
Like in the days of old the Victory Garden will be springing up all across the country this Spring as people try to make it through yet another economic hurdle and keeping their families safe and well feed. If you have not grown your own vegetables before it is not as hard as it seems their are plenty of resources available on line. Perhaps it is time to strike up a conversation with the neighbor down the street whose back yard looks like a mini farm every year. One thing about gardeners they love to share their experience with others. I think after you find out how easy growing your own food is you will not only reap the economic rewards but will enjoy this new found hobby as well.