This is reason enough—in my view—to start growing a few vegetables of your own. Not a fan of tomatoes? Here are a few more reasons to start your own garden:
1) You don't have to be an expert. I am not great with plants—I have not had any real success in keeping a house plant alive. However, when food is involved my commitment grows exponentially. Zucchini, mint, bell peppers, pumpkins, basil, string beans, broccoli, and tomatoes have thrived in my backyard. I used the ‘lasagna gardening’ method which is a no-dig, layering process that makes it easy for you to create great soil in any location (i.e. upon sandy soil, in a container).
2) A garden be created almost anywhere. You can create a container garden on balcony, or one or two raised beds in a small backyard; in Paris they found a way to encourage urban gardens. In 2016 the city launched Paris Cultuers, a project which aims to cover the city’s rooftops and walls with 247 acres of vegetation by 2020. One third of green space in the city will be dedicated to urban farming. Parisians are growing produce on roofs and in basements –find out more here.
3) The benefits go beyond flavorful food. The positive impacts include: less pesticide use, decreased food transportation costs, carbon absorption provides cleaner and healthier air, and water runoff is reduced.
Summer is almost here! Get out there and grow something tasty.