“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” -Audrey Hepburn
The history of planting a “Victory Garden” was a mass patriotic movement during WWI & WWII and stood for self-sustainability in times of war. I believe that knowing how to grow your own food is an important concept to bring back to the modern day, for many reasons. Even if you live in a city or small apartment, you can still plant in pots or do a hydroponic type garden.
My family comes from generations of Polish homestead farmers and since my parents migrated from Poland to the US, they’ve religiously had a garden every year. Now that I have my own home, I cannot imagine going a year without growing anything.
Interestingly, studies have shown that getting your hands soiled has therapeutic benefits and can boost serotonin levels. Also, exposure to the microbes in soil may help strengthen the immune system. I feel most alive being outside in the sun (sunscreen-less) gardening and doing yard work. For me, it‘s satisfying to watch something grow from a seed into a nutritious fruit or vegetable.
If you’re planning on starting a garden, I recommend composting your food scraps in a compost tumbler (add to the soil prior to planting), using organic soil, and organic non-GMO seeds. Start the seeds out in the seedling trays then plant when ready. It’s really important to invest in your soil and if you want to use a fertilizer I recommend my family’s product Made-in-USA fertilizer YourLawnAndGardenPro.com. Lastly, investing in a good whole house filter that takes out sediments and chemicals such as heavy metals, fluoride, etc for properly watering vegetation. After harvest, dry your seeds, store, and repeat for the next sowing season.