Growing up, I resisted eating vegetables, even though my parents stressed their importance to
health and the value they provide in terms of nutrients.
It was not until later that I learned that vegetables begin to lose their nutritional value from the
moment they are harvested. A recent University of California study showed that vegetables lost
up to 55% of their vitamin C within a week of being harvested, and some types of spinach lose
90% of their value within a week of harvest. Can you imagine how much nutritional value is lost
when we consume vegetables harvested a continent away and shipped to us on a boat, then
delivered on a truck?
Vegetables are the most important part of our diet, and adequate vegetable consumption can
help protect us from chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, metabolic syndromes,
and cardiovascular diseases, and it can also improve many of the risk factors associated with
The call to grow your own vegetables is clear, but the forces against the move toward at-home
gardening are real. After all, your life is busier than ever, and it’s natural to assume that any
garden that would fit in your home or apartment is not large enough to sustain you. Plus, like us,
you probably grew up in a city and don’t know the first thing about raising a plant.
At Ezy, we’ve worked hard to solve many of these problems and make-at-home gardening a
realistic option no matter your lifestyle.