Well, spring is well underway. It’s a great time to start a garden from scratch. Maybe you’ve thought about it, but still aren’t sure whether or not you should grow your own food. If so, this handy list of the many reasons why you should garden can help change your mind.
Why you should garden
You Have More Control Over Chemicals
To start with, growing your own food means that you are automatically getting organic fruits and vegetables without having to get them from the grocery store. If you want less chemicals in your food, the best way to do that is by growing it yourself. Growing your own food means that you have full control over it, from choosing seeds or plants, to balancing the soil, watering, and choosing how you want to protect your plants from pests. There are lots of natural ways to deal with pests that will not harm the food itself, and won’t be a danger to animals that are roaming in your backyard.
You Are Encouraged to Eat Better
It is hard not to eat better when the food is already at home. When you spend time on your fruit trees and planting vegetables in the ground, you want to use them when they start to grow. It is exciting seeing the growth, whether starting from small plants or seeds. It makes you want to eat these delicious foods that you have grown right at home, so you will be eating a lot better. Who puts in all that hard work only to let the food rot on the vine? No one. And, an additional benefit is that it can encourage your children to try new food when they see where it came from. Maybe they even helped grow it.
Other good reasons
It Helps You to Save Money
Think about all the money you will save by growing your own food! One thing that often keeps people from buying fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs is that the cost can add up quickly. Yes, you can spend as much on a bag of apples as a frozen meal for your family, but the produce is much better for your family. If money is an issue, then try growing your own food. A small tomato plant that costs a few dollars will keep giving you tomatoes over and over again. The same can be said for many fruits and vegetables that have continued growth even after the first harvest. You save ever more when you grow food from seed. Those seed packets last a long time, so really, you spend pennies per plant you raise.
All Your Food is Fresher
Growing food at home also means that your food is as fresh as possible. Even ‘fresh’ produce in many grocery stores was shipped and might have been harvested days before. With your own vegetable garden and herb garden, you can pick them and use them that day. When food is picked at the peek of ripeness, the more nutritious it is and the better it tastes. It is truly a ‘farm to table’ lifestyle.
Reduce Your Impact on the Environment
You can benefit the environment in a number of ways when you grow your own food. Organically grown foods spare the planet the pollution that results from the use of herbicides and pesticides. The pollution from fossil fuels will also be reduced when fewer food products need to be shipped to stores.
You will gain a great deal of gratification from watching a seed you plant in a garden becomes food that provides nourishment to your family. Growing your own food will provide you and your family with healthy food, save you money, and help to preserve the environment. These are all things that will build your sense of pride.
Gardening gets you outside in the sun and offers a low-intensity workout. As you pull weeds, harvest vegetables, train vines onto trellises, prune and trim, you’re getting a little exercise! The extra time outdoors boosts your vitamin D levels. And, it can be a great family activity that teaches your kids about plants and food.