Every day my boys and I take notice of the trees and flowers blooming in our yard. This season, we are also watching vegetables bloom and grow in our backyard. The reasons for adding a vegetable garden seemed only natural, and exciting, to us.Go Green Garden

  • Chad and I are avid gardeners. We truly enjoy planting perennials, shrubs and trees in our yard. Last Spring, I added some seasonal vegetables in a perennial garden. To my delight, green and red bell peppers and tomatoes grew with little maintenance. I began researching, and now have a raised plot dedicated to herbs and veggies.
  • To grow our own food. Why not? Buy some local plants and seeds, bury them deep, and soon we will be topping our veggie burgers with tomatoes grown from the back yard.
  • Excellent botanical science lessons for our children. We are looking forward to harvests!

  • We are closing the loop. From kitchen scraps, to the compost, back into the earth and grown and cultivated again-the beginnings of recycling our food.
  • Our heritage. My grandparents had vegetable gardens, many of us remember the Victory Gardens (there is a war going on now!) and Chad? Well, I’ll let him tell you about his grandparents.
  • My veggies and herbs are being grown free of pesticides. Good old fashioned weeding by the hand and planting flowering perennials around yard keep away pests naturally. Besides, if the deer need a snack, I love to share!
  • To continue learning as a gardener. What began as an experiment became the desire for a vegetable garden. Next winter, I’m sure my plans for Spring will be even more ambitious.
  • Because I love this planet. I love digging in the soil and finding worms. I love planting a seed or plant and taking care of it as it grows. I love being a part of this planet and seeing what all it can do, outside, in my backyard with my family.

Even a planter with tomatoes will be a success here in the South. It is an easy and fun investment that takes far less fossil fuel than buying those grown miles away. Plus, a little pride for your own green thumb makes it taste even sweeter.



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