There is something very soothing in growing your own vegetables. It had been a while since I had last grown anything from scratch, but now I have a cute baby zucchini in my room again. I just love how happy that plant makes me.
Yep, that’s right, I just wrote that some plant makes me very happy. Call me crazy, go on! I know you’re thinking it. The crazy biologist gets all excited because of a vegetable plant.
But seriously though, growing your own vegetables is a great way to add a little extra to your life. It might only be a small thing, but seeing it grow every single day gives a certain satisfaction.
On the one hand, it brings this kind of certainty. Like, whatever happens in your life, you know that as long as you water the plant, it will grow. You don’t have to worry about it or put in a lot of effort, but you will still experience the joy on seeing your baby plant grow.
Which brings me to my next point. You will start feeling for the plant. Even though it is just a bit of green, it is still a living, breathing thing. And when you foster that organism from seed on, you will develop a little bit of a soft spot for it, there is no avoiding that. You see the plant every single day, you water it again and again and you keep watching its progress in becoming a big, strong vegetable plant. All from that tiny seed you first planted.
Believe me, I have seen strong, tough guys at my university getting all excited over their baby plants. The day when the first sprout emerges from the seed, that is a proud moment for every “plant parent”. After all, you have been the one to make life possible for that tiny thing.
Okay, moving on then, to the third, big advantage, is that you can actually grow something edible. After all that love and care, your plant will have become large enough to eat. Or it will start producing fruits or pods, or anything you can pick. I like those plants best, as you don’t have to kill the whole plant to get the edible stuff. You know, tomatoes, zucchinis, beans, that kind of thing. Those are the best.
But I do like growing my own lettuce as well. As long as you value the vegetable and eat it with attention, it has served an honourable purpose.
Oh, and let’s not forget the decorational value of the plants. Veggies are just as nice and beautiful as any plant you might buy at the gardening centre. And they will look even better to you, because you are so proud of them.
To wrap it up, growing your own plants from seed is a great, relaxing occupation, that hardly costs any time or energy. It only brings advantages as far as I can see, really. So go ahead and give it a try. I just know you will love your baby plants!
Next week I will share some advice on growing your own vegetables, so you will be off to a flying start!