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It doesn't matter if you live in a city apartment, own a home or live in the country there is always room and time to have a garden.
When I lived in the city I would turn my patio or balcony into a garden every year. Using any type of container from hanging baskets to five gallon buckets. I have used a discarded child's swimming pool and even old rain boots to plant my veggies in. Gardening does not have to be in expensive containers.
If you have never had a garden before start small and simple with a couple of tomato plants and some leaf lettuce. Or start with some fresh herbs to use in your cooking. Once you start gardening I guarantee you will get the gardening bug and your garden will end up growing larger each year.
There is nothing like the flavor of home grown herbs, vegetables and fruits. What you purchase in grocery stores have been grown in greenhouses under imitation light and heat. It is the actual sunlight and the fluctuation in temperatures that provide the natural delicious flavors. Not to mention that store bought vegetables and fruits have been sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals to keep them from spoiling from greenhouse to the grocery store. Your container garden will not have any pesticides or chemicals.
The Benefits of a Garden
You will be saving money as you do not have to purchase any type of salad mix, tomatoes, onions, scallions, carrots, peas, green beans, potatoes, squash, fresh herbs and fresh berries.
Did you know that if you are a homeowner and turned your back yard into a garden you will be saving no less than $25,000.00 per year in vegetables and fruits.
Besides, what would you rather do, keep watering and mowing your lawn or water your vegetable garden and store the "fruits of your labor" to eat all winter long? I would think this is a "no brainer".
Another benefit of having a garden is your health. Gardening is relaxing therefore reduces stress levels. Stress can have a harmful effect on our entire bodies from heart attacks to auto-immune diseases and depression.
As your garden matures and you tend to it on a daily basis you will find that your stress level will drop. A sense of accomplishment in watching your own fruits and vegetables grow will engulf you. We all need to have a sense of personal accomplishment as this rarely happens in our modern busy world.
By eating your fresh produce you are providing your body with healthy choices. Vegetables and fruits purchased in cans are full of sugars, salts and preservatives that our bodies were never meant to eat. It is these canned products that have been the cause of the rise in cancers, diabetes and auto-immune diseases.
Begin to take back your health and have a container garden. Gardening in containers is so easy as there is no weeding and no tilling. All you need to do is water and watch.
There is always time to have a container garden, watering only takes a few moments of your time. If you have children this is a great way to teach them about gardening and the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. As you learn how to garden your children are learning as well. Becoming self sufficient is a frugal thing.
Once your plants start peaking their heads above the soil you will be mesmerized with their growing process. This action alone will reduce stress as you baby your plants to their maturity. Your mind has gone from your stressful day at work to watching your garden blossom in front of your eyes.
Companion Vegetables - Double Up
If you are planning on getting a couple of tomato plants you can also plant carrots in the same pot. Carrots and tomatoes love each other and help each other grow.
Carrots, radishes and bush beans can be planted together also. Radishes are planted early in the spring and therefore will mature fast. Carrots mature slowly so when you are picking your radishes your carrots will have more room to grow. Bush beans such as green beans will then become a companion plant for the carrots. Yes, you can plant three different vegetables in one pot at the same time because harvest times for these plants are all different.
Sweet peppers can be planted with Basil.
Plant Parsley with your carrots or with your tomatoes in one pot. The Parsley will help repel insects that like to eat the tops of the carrots and tomatoes.
Onions are part of the Cabbage family so they can be planted together. Onions can be planted with beets, tomatoes and believe it or not you can plant onions in your strawberry container.
Lettuce and green onions can also be planted together. Leaf lettuce grows fast so when you harvest a couple of green onions replant lettuce in the space where the green onions were taken from.
Marigolds are a gardeners must have as they repel many insects that like to eat tomato plants, carrot tops as well as bush beans. Marigolds also repel mosquitoes so when you are sitting on your patio or balcony you are less likely to be eaten alive by bugs. Besides, marigolds are pretty little flowers and do not need a lot of room to grow.
So there you have it. Gardening saves money, provides healthy food choices, reduces stress and takes a few moments of your time each day. Be frugal and have a container garden.
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