Thursday, April 9, 2009

Victory Gardens

Spring has sprung and I have decided to bring back the victory garden. My beautiful rose bush in the middle of a planter full of weeds inspired this thought. So, who doesn't love fresh produce? And you can't get more fresh than grabbing a head of lettuce from your own backyard. When I spent the summer in Spain, we ate salads fresh from the garden- most. amazing. salads. ever. I think this is a great way to not only be environmentally friendly on several accounts (no driving to the store to purchase, the plants put put oxygen back in the air, you're not supporting cross-country shipping of produce), but it's a fantastic way to save a little money. If you're like me and buy organic, we all know how pricey that can get. Growing your own veggies can absolutely be organic and help cut down on the cost at the grocery store. Not to mention the workout you'd get, along with Vitamin D from being in the sun. And I think it's good for us to be a little more self-reliant. Of course, when looking at the big picture, if enough people do this, you would be putting a further economic strain on farmers both local and who ship from across the country. This is indeed an economic drawback, but you can still turn to your local produce farmers for those more unique fruits and veggies like Albino Asparagus, the Ugli Fruit, and maybe a little Belgian Endive. 

Now all I have to do is getting my hands dirty! And find a way to keep the dogs out. :)

Think global. Grow local!

1 comment:

  1. Just make sure you find a place that has a lot of sun and be sure and plant the plants deep enough! Oh, and grow some herbs as well! Basil, rosemary and cilantro are my choice. And the rosemary remains green and aromatic all year round here--perhaps near your front door as a sensory greeter?