There is a growing movement in the United States that I am a big fan of. Left and right, I see people starting to dig up their lawns and replace them with rain gardens, native ground cover, and food gardens. All of these options are great, but my favorite is the food garden. Growing your food saves money, is better for the environment, and has a proud history in the United States.

Back during World War II, many foods were rationed by the government, while transportation and worker shortages made other foods hard to get. The government urged Americans to plant “victory gardens” in order to supply their own produce. The push was remarkably successful; 20 million Americans grew food in their victory gardens, providing 40% of all produce grown in the United States. Unfortunately, after the war these gardens were dug up and turned into lawns – impenetrable turf cover that requires more water and fertilizer than vegetable gardens, but yields nothing in return.

But we’re starting to see a change back toward self-sufficiency. Community gardens encourage apartment-dwellers to grow their own food, while gardening is becoming more popular with Generation X and Millenials. Mark Bittman, author and NY Times columnist, points out that if even 10% of homeowners transformed their lawns into gardens, they could supply 30% of all food grown in the US. Talk about revolutionary!

Growing your own food is rewarding; it saves you money, you know exactly what went into growing it, and it can even count as exercise! To learn more about gardening at home (and even in apartments!) be sure to read Dr. Mercola’s article How to Grow Your Own Organic Food in Small Spaces.

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