Plant a Tree, Save Your Body… and a Buck

Gardening has been around since the early years of human life. Over the years, it has been a source of food, income, beauty, and stability. These reasons are relevant, even today. Although gardening and agriculture is business to some, to others it can be a means of money savings, healthier food, and yard appeal. These reasons should be enough to at least get you thinking about growing your own fruits and veggies.


Deciding to grow your own food, though a difficult task, can keep pesticides out of your mouth and belly, offer you the chance to grow the food how you want it grown, and supply you with the chance to hit the market less often. According to the Environmental Working Group’s research, apples, strawberries, and grapes are the leading foods in the “most pesticide residue” group. That’s a scary thought!

The World Health Organization has recorded 220,000 deaths that were directly linked to pesticide poisoning. Pesticides have been known to cause neurological issues, hormone disruption, asthma, and fertility problems.

The first step in growing your own fruits and veggies is coming up with a plan. This step is vital to the proper working of a garden. There are plans for every level of humidity, temperature, climate, elevation, and even quality of soil.

The next step is preparation. Getting your garden sectioned off is crucial, so that your plants will thrive. Then you will need to prepare the soil for planting. This can include loosening, enriching, and replacing soil. The next step is the gardening itself. With a solid plan, and well-prepped gardening area, you are ready to plant your food. Here are some great options for starter plants. These will, not only add to your pantry life, but also add to the beauty of your yard.

One option is to buy a dwarf cherry tree. The cherry tree is widely popular throughout the world. To some cultures, it is a sacred symbol of purity. Cherry trees are generally huge, but getting a dwarf version means beautiful, tasty fruit without the tree taking up half your yard. Some examples of top-quality cherry trees are Black Tartarian, Kansas Sweet, Tulare, and Dwarf North Star cherry trees. These examples are divided into three categories: tart, low chill, and sweet. This would be a great option for a start-up gardener.

Like I mentioned previously, apples are EWG’s worst fruit for pesticides. So, this would be a good food to grow yourself. Do your research on these, though. The varieties of apple trees are suitable for only certain climates. Some of examples of beautiful apple trees, which produce amazingly flavorful apples, include Gala, Newton Pippin, Winesap, and Anna apples trees. The various colors of these apples are beautiful and vibrant–plus, the flavors vary as well. So maybe one of each would be ideal for you.

Nut trees may be be a good choice for you, especially if you cook full meals often. Many, many recipes include some kind of nut. Buying nut trees can allow you to skip buying those expensive bottles of ground nuts. Some of the more common nut trees are almond, pecan, and walnut trees. However, there are a ton of options other than these.

So, now you have some info on growing your own food. Plus, the examples I’ve provided are a great place to begin a beautiful, lush, and well-supplied garden. Planting these examples will turn your yard into an oasis. All you will need once these trees have grown a bit is a patio set, so you can sip a glass of wine, surrounded by the luscious living art, which you have grow with your own hands.