Why YOU Should Grow Some Food This Year

Hello garden gals and guys! I hope you enjoyed the spring-like weather we had this weekend. If for some reason you didn't get to, there's more on the way at the end of the week.

The warmer weather certainly has my wheels spinning about what I'm going to grow this season, especially since I took last year off. I really missed my garden.

Thinking about growing got me thinking about you all. Specifically, those of you that say you will start a garden ever year, but then find excuses not to.

See that guy in the picture to the left? His name is Ron Finley. If you've never heard of him, Google him. You won't be sorry that you did. That quote is one of my two favorites of his. His other one is (and I'm sorry for the curse word, but it's his quote) "grow some shit."  So, I want to tell you why should grow some of your own food this year.

First and foremost is because it IS therapeutic. Having a garden, however small or large, makes you slow down and take in the beauty in nature around you. Seeing a tiny seedling grow into this humongous, food-bearing plant is a miracle unto itself. And I can't even begin to explain the pride you feel when you partake of some food that you grew with your own two hands.

Second, it's a form of resistance. Say what? Yes, resistance. I keep up with gardeners all over the US and many of them are being fined for saving rainwater, or being told they can't have a garden in their front yard, or just being told they can't grow food, period. Can you imagine that? Well, it's happening. A lot more than you think. Growing food is no big deal, right? It's a right, not a privilege. But there are many people here on our own soil who are going through legal battles just to grow food. I don't say that to scare you off, I say it to encourage you. Even if you just grow one plant in a pot. Get out there. Grow some shit!

Third, there are so many recalls on fruits and vegetables being tainted with all kinds of dangerous bacteria. You have to worry about everything you buy. But, if you grow some of that food yourself, you know how it was grown and what was used to grow it. You can take it right from your backyard to your table, or just sit in your garden and munch on down! Either way, you know that what you are putting into your body is healthy. You can't put a price on that.

Fourth, but certainly not the last reason (there are hundreds more), it gets you outdoors! Getting outdoors is a good thing. The sun, the fresh air. Ahhhhhh. Getting outdoors also helps you get to know your neighbors and helps you feel less isolated, especially if you live alone. Heck, your neighbors may even ask you what you're growing and you might make a new friend. Or, you can go and knock on your neighbor's door, introduce yourself, and share your garden goodness with them!!

So, I hope you'll grow something this year. No excuses.

Grow in a pot on your deck or front porch. Start a small garden in your side or backyard. Or even in your front yard if you are garden gangsta like myself! 😈  If you've never grown before, the only thing I recommend is starting small. Just remember that those cute little baby seedlings will become adult plants!

So, whatcha gonna grow?? Let me know in a comment below!

Until next time garden gals and guys.....

Happy gardening!!!


  1. I want to plant a garden again this year with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, strawberries, maybe some squash and leafy greens, onions... all the stuff I had the first year you helped me get started. My biggest concern is the groundhogs that destroyed my garden last year. How do I keep them out?

    1. I have never had problems with them However, Mike McGrath (a local radio personality and gardener that I met and adore) has some answers for you. http://www.gardensalive.com/product/groundhogs/you_bet_your_garden

  2. Hi Audra,

    Thanks for the write up. I plan on growing my first garden this year. Any recommendations on what to grow for beginners?

    1. Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog. Congratulations on starting your first garden! I'm sure you will love it...there's nothing like growing your own food. Some of the plants that I started out with when I began my first garden were tomatoes, peppers, and green beans. Some other good ones are lettuces, radishes (they grow quickly and are ready to harvest in just a few short weeks), basil, onions, and potatoes. Please do keep in touch and send me photos of your garden. I'd love to see what you get growin' over there!

    2. Thanks for the insight! I shall share later in the season!

    3. You're most welcome!! I'm looking forward to getting your photos!

  3. I love this! I came by to return the blog visit and thank you for taking the time to comment on mine. Love your blog; your enthusiasm is contagious and I think that enthusiasm for growing our own food is something the world badly needs these days.

    1. awww, thank you, Leigh! Your kind words really mean a lot. I've been following your blog for a long time, I just don't always comment. I'm honored that you stopped by for a visit and I do hope you will come back often!!


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