Vegetables are an important part of our diet, and millions of Americans are home gardeners. In Kansas, home gardeners produce $15–$20 million worth of vegetables every year.
A well-planned and properly tended garden can provide food for a family throughout the year. Most home gardeners agree that home grown produce has the ultimate in vegetable flavor. Surplus vegetables can be frozen, canned, or stored, making the home garden enjoyable year-round. These vegetables not only provide food budget savings but also make a valuable contribution to nutrition. The food from a vegetable garden is only one of the many benefits of home gardening. The relaxation and enjoyment derived from gardening is well known to all home gardeners. A garden allows even the youngest family member to help in gathering food.
Gardening is an excellent 4-H or youth project. It can provide a source of income as well as an outlet for energy. The garden is also an excellent laboratory for experimenting with plants. Everyone can learn from simple experiments in the world of plant science. Successful gardens are the result of careful planning, watchful care, and good management. With a few simple tools, a little land, and a desire to nurture plant growth, anyone can become a home gardener.