How Growing an Edible Garden Can Benefit You
A growing amount of attention is being paid to what we eat and where it comes from, and organic foods are no longer a niche market for "tree huggers" or "health nuts". Well-grown, high quality fruits and vegetables are part of the diet of our mainstream culture, but the only way to know exactly how your food is grown is to grow it yourself.
Hungry Gnome Gardenscapes specializes in helping our clients create vegetable gardens that are sustainable and foster health. Growing a vegetable garden at your home can provide you and your family with countless benefits, and our professional Athens landscapers can help. We'll work with you directly to design your new garden, and we can provide any services you may need to keep that garden as healthy as possible.
If you're unsure of whether or not you'd like to begin growing vegetables at home, take a look at some of these excellent benefits:
While it's true that some organic plants will not have the uniform look you're used to them having in a supermarket, they will almost certainly have a superior taste. Homegrown produce bears almost no resemblance to commercially raised produced, and many people are shocked by the huge amounts of flavor that they get from vegetables fresh from their Athens home's gardens.
Our Athens gardeners will help you create a garden that grows well naturally, which means that your garden—and your produce—will be totally chemical-free. Organic produce has also been shows to have a higher vitamin and mineral content that vegetables growth with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
Plus, if you're planning to maintain the garden on your own, you'll have the added benefit of getting plenty of exercise!
Growing vegetables at your home can save you a significant amount of money. Buying organic produce at a farmer's market or health food store will cost 50% more than regular produce, and that even costs significantly more than growing your own produce. Plus, when you're not buying produce from a store, you won't be spending money on food that ultimately goes to waste. According to the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), American households waste about 25% of the food and beverages they buy, and fresh fruits and vegetables are the most wasted in terms of total mass.
Because organic gardening doesn't use any chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, your garden will not contribute to chemical run-off that can ultimately make its way into the water supply or cause harm to small animals, birds, or beneficial insects. Our Athens gardeners can also help you build your soil with organic matter so there is less erosion of topsoil, and we can help you put organic waste into compost, which relieves landfills.