Harvesting fruits, vegetables and herbs from your own garden is healthy, rewarding and productive. The freshness and quality is superior to store bought because eating them within hours of harvesting preserves vitamins and nutrients that are lost during shipping and shelf life. When you grow your own food, you also have control over the quality of nutrients in the soil, which are absorbed through the plant, as well as the type of fertilizers and pesticides used. Organic is best! Sound great? They are. However, kitchen gardens are time consuming.