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5320 Weems Drive
Organic foods and their healthy benefits have been increasing in popularity steadily over the last ten years. According to a Roper survey released in 2016, 40% of Americans planned on making organic food a bigger part of their diets this past year. In fact, U.S. organic food sales hit record sales for the first time in 2015, accounting for nearly 5% of total food sales in the U.S.
An obvious trend of increased health-consciousness is the driver behind this push towards more organic purchases. Americans are increasingly concerned about the sanitation and ethical considerations behind foods sold in big box stores. In addition, we’re all becoming more educated—and therefore cautious—about exactly what and how food is made and gets to our table.
If you are following the trend of U.S. consumers, you are buying more organic foods and caring where it comes from. Despite the good intent behind this shift, organic foods still cost quite a bit more than the conventional alternative. According to Organic.org, organic foods cost about 42% more on average than the conventional or store brand. There are some instances where some organic grocery items actually cost less but the average overall is higher for the healthier choice.
But don’t let this difference in price at your local store and farmer’s markets dissuade you. There are many produce items you can grow yourself at home to put your mind at ease knowing where it came from (you!), how it was grown, and what was used to grow it.
Enjoy the healthy benefits and ethical appeal of growing your own deck garden! You don’t need to be a farmer or have a lot of land to start growing your own edible plants. However, you should ask yourself these questions before you dig into deck gardening:
If you’re ready to commit to growing deck garden, read on for some deck garden ideas and tips on how to grow a deck garden!
Growing a garden on your deck is quite easy—mostly because you control how large or small it’ll be and the types of plant that will make up your deck garden.
If you’re just starting a deck garden and you still need to decide on the container it’ll be held in, consider the following options:
As a starter, follow some of these tips when you’re starting out your deck garden:
Fredericksburg has great climate, without too much wind, to be a perfect location for deck gardening. Start your little plants indoors and move them onto your deck in the spring for a whole lot of sunshine! Contact us today to learn more about the area and our homes in Fredericksburg.