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Why We Are Planting a Garden

on April 15, 2013 by Jami Balmet 4 comments

For many, planting a garden can seem like such a waste of time. I know among my busy days filled with being a wife, homemaker, mom, blogger, and web designer I don’t really need another thing to add. So why am I taking valuable hours of my summer to be out in the hot sun pulling weeds?

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5 Reasons to Start Your Own Garden

My journey to gardening all started a few years ago when I discovered that I could grow a whole vegetable garden on my second story apartment patio! I have never looked back. You can read more about my story and how to grow your own garden in small spaces in Apartment Gardening.

1) Saves Money

This is my #1 reason for doing our own garden. Good quality produce cost is on the rise. It’s very important to me to feed my family a whole foods nutrient packed diet and that means lots and lots of veggies!

You can start a garden for just a few dollars if you are starting from seeds and for not much more to start with young plants and get a jump start on your garden.

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2) Grow Organic Produce

Since I have discovered the benefits of eating organic produce, especially the dirty dozen, I have tried to make buying organic produce a priority. However, organic produce is not always easy to get when you have to drive to special store to get it {this is hard with two infant babies} and is usually more expensive!

So another big part of growing our own garden is being able to grow our own organic produce that is free of chemicals, pesticides and other junk!

3) Food All Year

When we started planning our garden, I began dreaming about what I can do with the garden. While I’m excited for the fresh produce all summer long, I am also excited for the possibility of being able to stretch my garden to use all year long.

I plan on making homemade jams and tomato sauces and canning them to have all year. I also hope to have enough berries left over to be able to freeze and enjoy throughout the year. Homemade spaghetti sauce made from fresh tomatoes sounds wonderful in December 🙂 This book has been my guide for all things preserving!

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photo credit: Chiot’s Run via photopin cc

4) Be Able to Bless Others

We are doing a big garden this year at my in-laws house. We hope to plant enough tomatoes to be able to can enough for my family and their whole family {they have 6 kids still at home}. We plan on doing a big garden this year and hope to be able to bless others with it!

Depending on what produce we end up with a lot of, I hope to make berry pies, homemade jams, spaghetti sauces, and more and share them with our community and those at church who could use a little serving. I also plan on blessing those who come to our house through hospitality and yummy homemade food!

Find out how to have a full vegetable garden {fruit too!} on your apartment patio or other small spaces with Apartment Gardening: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces!

5) Brings the Family Together

While this doesn’t necessarily bring my husband and I together more {he hates gardening but sure does love my home cooking!}, it does bring some couples together. For some, it can be a fun project to work on together.

For me, it allows me to bond with my father-in-law who is just as much into the garden and learning to live naturally as I am! And it allows me to bond with my sister-in-laws! There is nothing like spending a few days in the kitchen making homemade jam that brings sisters together 🙂

Starting a garden is not for everyone, but for us it’s a necessity! I don’t love gardening but I sure do love the outcome of it. I need to stretch our grocery budget as much as possible right now and growing our own garden allows me to have fresh, organic produce in abundance and some left over for the rest of the year!

What are you planting this year?

I am excited to share the release of the second edition of my eBook, Apartment Gardening: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces. Updated with all new content, brand new resources, and FREE printables to help you plan out your garden.

Want an easy way to transform your grocery budget and get more nutritious vegetables with every meal? Start a vegetable garden! Don’t think you have the room? ANY space, even an apartment patio or kitchen window, has enough space to give you herbs, fruit, and vegetables all year-long! Find out more and start your garden today with my book, Apartment Gardening: A Practical Guide to Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces!

Apartment Gardening: A Practical Guide for Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces

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  1. I LOVE gardening…well, maybe not the hot sun, weeds and bugs, but I love planting seeds and watching them germinate and grow. We get to watch some of God’s miracles right before our eyes! I also love just having fresh vegetables and homemade tomatoes (especially for homemade canned salsa!). We’re blessed that the condo we live in has a community garden area – our plots are usually 10′ x 20′! This year we’re planting: snap peas, sugar pod peas, tomatoes (probably 4-5 varieties), onions, lettuce, salad greens, zucchini, lemon cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pie pumpkins, crook-neck squash, and beets. You can fit a lot of food it that space! The best part? We still have spaghetti squash we’re eating from our garden last year. Fall/Winter squash can keep for a LONG time if stored properly 🙂

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