Home vegetable gardening is done for a variety of reasons by a number of people. One of the reasons why people grow vegetable gardens is due to the nation’s unhealthy eating habits. Another reason is the horrible state of the economy that the nation is currently experiencing. People have had to adjust to a different way of living by growing gardens which helps with both unhealthy eating habits and the failing economy. Growing their own gardens also saves people money on their grocery bills. Also people are growing gardens as a means of exercise and for the simple reason of the enjoyment of harvesting good tasting produce which in turn can be eaten fresh from the garden and can be canned or frozen for use in the winter months. Arohan stated that “one reason for growing our own vegetable gardens is for stress relief”. It takes you away from the everyday stress of work and the stress of the problems in the world today. In addition, growing a person’s own garden can offer them a greater variety of vegetables that may not be available to them in the local stores in their towns.
The economy has forced some of us to grow gardens because the price of food has shot up and some people are also losing their jobs as a result of the failing economy. When a person looses their job, he/she have to do everything in their power to save money and be able to live so, they grow their own vegetables because it is cheaper to grow your own food than to buy it. Therefore, in the long run, it saves you money while at the same time making you healthier by eating fresh home grown vegetables. Also, the food that is grown in a home garden has not been sprayed with tons of chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides that are found in commercially grown vegetables.
Community gardens or as they are being referred to today, recession gardens, have been springing up over the past couple of years. They can be compared to the victory gardens of World War II that many American’s grew so that they could feed their families and communities when money was tight. The vegetables from these gardens were used for the families and also to feed the hungry who were not able to do gardening and who could not afford to buy their own food. This was a great help to people because of the fact that they were able to eat fresh vegetables at a minimum cost and they were all much healthier for it.
Ms. Obama planted a garden on the White House lawn to educate children about growing healthy food for their consumption without all the chemicals for fertilizer. Ms. Obama said, “Gardens can be used to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time...