|There are many reasons
why today, more than ever before, every owner of a small place should have
his, or her, own garden.
The old days of home meat
producing, cheese-making, and traditional cooking are gone. With a thousand
and one other things that used to be made or done at home, well, they have
left the old fashioned tradition and followed the easier factory production
and are easy turned over to machinery. The growing of healthy organic vegetables
and fruits that taste great cannot be so easy disposed of.
Garden tools have been improved,
seeds and fertilizers changed, refrigeration process is improved, transporting
and handling process is much faster, even packaging is better and store
bought garden products are usually much cheaper. But, there are couple
very important things they cannot make better than home gardener, and that
is healthy, organic garden products that taste hundred per cent better,
satisfaction of watching them grow and fun with exercise that will improve
your health. That is a good fact to remember.
Even the long-keeping sorts,
like squash, potatoes and onions, are very perceptibly more delicious right
from the home garden, fresh from the vines or the ground; but when it comes
to peas, corn, strawberries, tomatoes and lettuce, --well, there is absolutely
nothing to compare with the home garden ones, gathered fresh, in the early
slanting sunlight, still gemmed with dew, still crisp and tender and juicy,
ready to carry every atom of savory quality, without loss, to the dining
table. After these have once been tasted, the grocery bought garden products
taste flat, stale, travel-weary and unprofitable indeed.
It is not in price that home
gardening pays. There is another point: the market gardener has to grow
the things that give the biggest yield. He has to sacrifice quality to
quantity. You do not. One cannot buy top quality organic products in most
markets. They are top quality, but they do not always fill the market and
crate enough yield to pay the commercial grower. If you cannot find a quality
organic products in your market, there is only one way to have the best
vegetables --grow your own!
And this brings us to the
other important reason why you should garden. It is the cheapest, healthiest,
keenest pleasure there is. Imagine a sunny garden patch in the golden springtime,
when the trees are picking out their new gowns, in all the various self-colored
delicate grays and greens--strange how beautiful they are, in the same
old unchanging styles, isn't it? Watch the seeds as they find the
light, plants to tend as they take hold in the fine, loose, rich soil,
and you may have the other sports. And when you have grown tired of their
monotony, come back in summer to even the smallest garden, and you will
find in it, every day, a new problem to be solved, a new campaign to be
carried out, a new victory to win.
Better food, better health,
better living --all these the home garden offers you in abundance. And
the price is only the price of every worth-while thing, honest, cheerful,
But enough for now of the
dream garden. Let's go outdoors and look the place over, and pick out the
best spot for that garden patch of yours.