Growing your own produce may be food for thought

Growing your own produce may be food for thought

Growing your own produce may be food for thought
September 05
10:00 2018

What do you think of when you think of gardening? Do you imagine elderly people enjoying a hobby? Or perhaps you see an opportunity to decorate a landscape or a corner of your home with natural flora. For many people, gardening means food.

Gardening is a hobby that I have always held dear. I enjoy sowing a seed and watching it triumph over the soil particles covering the small organism. For many individuals, gardening can be a spiritual experience. Growing something from nothing and watching the brief life cycle of a plant is an intimate thing.

Gardening can be more than a fun and meaningful hobby. Gardening, with a little practice, can be a valuable source of food. For college students, this is essential. If you just dropped $300 on books, then you probably know the struggle of covering all your expenses so that you can comfortably attend classes.

The downside is that the majority of produce requires a lot of space and time — two things college students rarely have to spare. The good news is that there is an abundance of pots, containers, and tools that can accommodate a lack of space.

Growing your own produce may sound like a wild idea. Many people never try because they assume they won’t be any good at it or it will be a wasted effort. Remember that like any other skill, it may take practice for you to develop competence in gardening. Don’t become discouraged. With time, you can easily grasp the needs your plant is trying to communicate to you.

Growing your own produce initially functions as an investment. You will either need to purchase your tools and resources or find crafty or thriftier means to obtain the items you will need. In time and with effort, the venture may pay for itself.

“Your Money: The Missing Manual,” a book by J.D. Roth, is geared toward those interested in learning how to effectively save money. Roth notes that the Burpee Seed Company claimed that “$50 in seeds and fertilizer will yield $1,250.” Additionally, the same company told Wall Street that “$1 in seeds can produce $75 worth of beans.”

Roth and his wife decided to put this claim to the test by running their own experiment to see if the Burpee Seed Company’s claims were realistic. The couple tracked their work hours in the garden and their amount of produce, working about 60 hours in 12 months. Roth noted they spent $318.43 on their seeds and supplies. Their crop yielded about $606.97 worth of food.

Please take into consideration that Roth has a backyard and ample space with which to work. As college students, we are often confined to a dormitory or an apartment. Implementing hanging pots, growing tubers and other crafty workarounds may be the solution to space issues. At the very least, you can actively learn how to tend a garden. If you find yourself with space to garden in the future, you’ll have a neat skill which will turn any barren space into a vibrant and valuable food source.

Featured Illustration: Chelsea Tolin

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