The United States is seeing a growing trend towards homegrown food. Multipurpose gardens that are not only beautiful but functional are popping up all over the country. Only 60 years ago nearly every working class American family had a sustainable kitchen garden. Present day edible gardens have been the pastime of a rather small portion of the population, but there has been a surge of interest from people wanting to take control of what goes into their bodies. No longer a recreation enjoyed by the few, edible gardens are being undertaken by the masses regardless of religious affiliation, education, or social status. Even the current first lady, Michelle Obama, is an advocate of homegrown food. She has planted a presidential vegetable garden on the South Lawn at the White House. This is the first such garden since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden was planted in support of the troops in World War II.
Why this strong upward turn for homegrown food? Simply put, it is important to know where your food comes from. There is a growing concern about pesticides and other harmful contaminates found in some commercial produce; some of which may be associated with long-term health problems. With the increased use of pesticides making their way to the dinner table, people worry about their health. Homegrown food is less expensive, eliminates packaging and transport pollution, and encourages healthy eating. Growing food at home is also a wonderful educational experience for kids who enjoy watching their food grow from seed to something they can harvest and consume.
An Edible Garden for Every Home
Everyone can have an edible garden and start enjoying fresh, locally grown food. These gardens are scalable and can be realized in a wide variety of living situations, including apartment terraces. Seeds are inexpensive and, in some cases, may be a one time purchase as you can harvest new seeds from what you grow. A small well designed garden can contribute to at least one meal a day. A larger garden could supply a substantial portion of your monthly herb, fruit and vegetable needs.
How to Get Started
Getting started can be accomplished with proper planning and a little hard work. There are a plethora of instructional books at your local library or bookstore and many how-to websites on the internet. While beginning an edible garden is something anyone can do, some people find that getting started can be a little confusing and time consuming. In these instances you should contact a Mean Green List landscape professional for a free quote. Our professionals can show you how to get the most out of your space and provide you with design ideas, guidance, and complete or partial implementation and maintenance of your project.
No need to wait. Contact one of our landscape professionals and get started today.