Growing your own food is a wonderfully gratifying experience. Not only do you know exactly what nutrients were used, you know this food is safe from pesticides. You’ll feel a certain sense of satisfaction at the dinner table when the fruits of your labor are spread out before you. Carrots that came from your garden tend to taste a bit sweeter and tomatoes that grow from your own vines, allowed to ripen before picked, are plumper and juicier than any you can find in a grocery store.
Nutritionally speaking, foods grown by your own hand are far better for you because you’ve gotten foods that are ripe when you pick them, not yanked from a vine while still green and then forced to ripen under unnatural circumstances. When you eat foods at their peak of freshness, you get a landslide of nutrition that your cells thrive upon.
Growing Food Year-Round
Extending a growing season with an organic greenhouse production can allow you to live quite nicely from the fruits of your labor. Utilizing a greenhouse can extend a growing season by several months. Greenhouses also protect tender young plants from birds and other animals who will readily feed from your seedlings. Deer, racoons, rabbits, and opossums are notorious for robbing gardens and can lay entire rows of corn bare. Deer will eat the tender stalks of corn before it has even had an opportunity to grow a single ear of corn. With a large greenhouse, you can grow corn indoors. You may start seedlings earlier and transplant to the outdoors when weather allows also.
Utilizing a greenhouse can allow some types of things to be grown during all four seasons. Cabbage loves colder weather and can be grown in a greenhouse if you use the right types of containers. Waist high raised beds can be created to grow nearly any vegetable.
An often overlooked plus in having greenhouse crops is that you have accessibility to this area even if you have physical limitations. Someone in a wheelchair can have a greenhouse lay-out that allows for wider aisles and raised beds so that they can maneuver easily and plant and harvest with ease.
Families are often faced with making poor food decisions because they barely have the financial means to afford all their obligations each month. Growing food in a greenhouse, year-round, always allows a family to have access to fresh food. It can also become as source of extra income or a means of swapping things with neighbors. Bartering is a means by which many of our ancestors were able to bring foods and staples into their home. Swapping some fresh corn for mason jars that allow you to can carrots that you’ll eat in stew the following winter, for example, is a way to extend the wealth that a garden brings.
Food is a necessity. Without proper nutrition in our food, we grow ill. Growing our own food ensures that we stay healthier and live longer.