Why Edible Landscaping?

There are many reasons to grow your own food.  Did you know growing your own fruits & vegetables is actually fun and rewarding? That’s reason enough, but if you wanted some more:

  • Food Quality: Eat more nutritious and better tasting food
   Most plants start to breakdown as soon as they are picked. The more time between harvest and consumption the more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you lose out on. Produce at the supermarket were harvested many days (if not weeks) prior to being sold. They are usually picked under ripe, allowing for less nutrient accumulation. These plants cannot compete with the nutritional content of produce picked right before being eaten.

   Most commercial produce is picked early for better shipping. This results in bland tasting fruits at the supermarket. Growing your own fruits will result in some of the best food you have ever tasted. You may find fruits you never liked actually taste good, because you have finally experienced them ripe. You will have a hard time going back to supermarket fruits once you’ve grown your own. There is no comparison.

  •  Save Money: Fruiting plants pay for themselves

The fruit you grow at home saves you the money you would spend at the grocery store for that same fruit. The return on investment can be significant, particularly for plants  that produce year after year. A typical suburban yard is big enough to save you many hundreds of dollars a year on produce.

  • Environmental Health: Reduce your impact on the earth

The fruits you buy at the store are shipped in trucks that rely on oil for fuel and for refrigeration. They are held in plastic or cardboard containers that take water, energy, and other raw materials to produce. Sometimes the containers are recycled (consuming more energy & water). Sometimes they are thrown out and add to our landfill waste.

Petroleum based fertilizers applied to fruiting plants end up running off into our water systems. This causes algae blooms and dead zones in our waterways and outlets. Herb/Pest/Fungicides can contaminate the air, water, and soil where the fruits are grown. A fruiting plant grown on a commercial farm using overhead irrigation will consume more water than the plant you are drip irrigating at home.

  • Food Safety

Many chemicals are sprayed onto our commercial fruits & vegetables. Scientists, farmers, chemical companies, our government and the public continue to debate the safety of them. When you grow your own food you can take these factors out of consideration. No need to worry about pesticides/herbicides/fungicides if you don’t use them.

  • Worker Exploitation

Some articles here can do a better job of explaining than I can.

The Economist: Field of Tears

Gourmet Magazine: The Price of Tomatoes

 

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