You Know Exactly What You Are Eating
By growing your own fresh vegetables, you know exactly what took place while producing them. You were the one to fertilize, water, and nurture the plants from a small seed into a beautiful, productive plant. When buying vegetables from a supermarket or produce stand, there is really no way of knowing how, or where, they were grown. There could have been harmful pesticides and fungicides used during the raising of those vegetables.
Remember all the salmonella and E. coli outbreaks in recent years that were caused by tainted produce? Growing your own produce greatly reduces the risk of contracting these illnesses, because you are the one growing and harvesting your crops. Of course, you should always exercise sanitary habits any time you handle something edible.
Gardening Improves Your Health
Growing a garden offers many emotional, physical, and mental benefits. Spending time after work in the garden can help to relieve stress, and increase your overall activity level.
You Can Make A Lot of Friends Who Like To Garden Too!
Networking with other gardeners is very important and quite rewarding. That is one reason it is such a good idea to connect with other gardeners who blog.
Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993
Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com