Importance of growing your own food

NOTHING beats biting a fresh ripe tomato plucked from its vine.

This is just one of the pleasures you can enjoy while growing your own food.

You can always maintain a small garden at home where you can grow your own organic food such as cassava, dalo, bele, rourou, eggplant, chillies, guavas and even pumpkins to name a few.

Growing your own food is not just healthy, it also saves money and helps you exercise.

You get to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and most importantly you decide when to harvest your food.

Research states that vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that were picked much earlier.

So remember if you stick to the basics, gardening does not really cost much; even if you grow a small garden for fresh eating you’ll still save a lot.

This week we will look at the importance of having a garden or why it is important to grow your own food.

Here are some tips by website www.foodmatters.com

Get the nutrition you need and enjoy tastier food- studies have shown that organically grown food has more minerals and nutrients that we need than food grown with synthetic pesticides. There’s a good reason why many chefs use organic foods in their recipes- they taste better. Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil which eventually leads to the nourishment of the plant and ultimately our bodies.

Save money- growing your own food can help cut the cost of the grocery bill. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars and month at the grocery store on foods that don’t really nourish you, spend time in the garden, outside, exercising, learning to grow your own food.

Promote bio diversity- mono-cropping is the practise of planting large plots of land with the same crop year after year.

Help beautify the community- besides being used to grow food, community gardens are also a great way to beautify community and to bring pride in ownership.

Remember when you grow your own food, you savor it more because of the effort it took to get to the table.