The Benefits of Growing Your Own Food
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables improves your health. Gardening organic means controlling or completely eliminating the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic chemical fertilizers.
Home gardening is becoming more and more popular, being done on any scale, from a container indoors on your porch, patio or balcony, to a full-size backyard vegetable garden. Growing your own organic vegetables, spices and herbs it's not only good for your health but also very rewarding activity.
Gardening with family and friends brings people together. It helps kids learn the value of hard work. It builds useful skills and habits. It teaches them about nature and sustainability.
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.