Monday, May 23, 2011

Embarking on a Journey to Self Grow - Guest Post

When you make the choice to begin growing your own crops, it can feel as though it is an insurmountable endeavor, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. When you think about how many benefits in the long run that growing crops can provide, there’s definitely reason in doing so, and there are some easy ways to become involved without making the next step into full person sustainability. Whether attempting to be completely self sustenance or just starting your own garden, the choice to grow your own has a wealth of positive benefits.

With the rising price of food these days, making the choice to grow your own foods is becoming a much easier one to make, and help to drastically cut down on food expenses. Just looking at the average expense of vegetables versus that of a pack of seeds, one can see an extreme difference. More often than not the pack of seeds is drastically less expensive than one or two of the vegetables. For the expenses put toward fruits and vegetables, there is much more value in growing from seeds at home.

Another unbelievable benefit of growing your own food from home is the positive influence it can have on general health. If you grow your own vegetables, you can control what exactly has an effect on your food. There have been many cases of toxic chemicals and carcinogens like bisphenol A, melamine, harmful chemicals and fertilizers and even asbestos exposure being related to mass produced food. Cutting out the middle man and growing your own crops can ensure that you oversee all aspects process from growth to ingestion, keeping any potential health issues at bay.

The enjoyment as well as taste of growing your own food is reason enough to start your own home gardening projects. By removing delivery and shopping times, you can ensure a large increase in the reduction of food miles and maximize the freshness of the food, as well as having any foods you may want right at your disposal for the taking.

While home growth isn’t something to be taken in completely overnight, making a few small steps is a great way to begin this great experience. Even growing small berry and fruit plants can be quite a great start, and are incredibly easy to maintain. They live long and continue producing throughout their lifetime. With the growing knowledge of the benefits of beginning on a path to self sustenance, the amount of people trying out their own home gardening has grown in a big way; helping newcomers with resources and general knowledge.

Ryan Halston recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in English. Homestead and eco-friendly living is a major passion of Ryan's. Ryan can be contacted at

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