The Benefits of Growing Your Own Garden

The Benefits of Growing Your Own Garden

The Benefits of Growing Your Own Garden



Spring is here, and it’s time to start planting a garden, which can enrich your life in more ways than one. Fresh fruits and vegetables don’t just bring vitamins to your diet; they provide a pastime that improves your attitude; provide cleaner, healthier food; and can sometimes be done indoors year-round! Here’s a selection of the benefits of growing your own garden.

You Have a Better Connection With the Food You Grow

When you plant and cultivate a garden, you know exactly where your food is coming from. You also care more because your garden depends on you to survive, and you know the effort it takes to bring food from a seed to your table. Naturally, this task also gets you outside in the sunshine and fresh air and requires hard work. Therefore, the work of gardening helps you grow healthier every day. Finally, gardening is an intellectual pursuit, as you must study the best way to raise crops, and every step of the process has its meditative aspects. All around, gardening is good for your body, mind, and soul.

You Can Garden Everywhere

You don’t need several hundred acres of farmland to grow your own produce (unless you intend to live exclusively on your garden’s output). Gardening can be done anywhere—from your backyard to an indoor hydroponics system to a series of pots and planters on your porch or apartment terrace. If you have a backyard, stake out several square feet of earth, turn over the soil, add homemade compost, plant the seeds, and nurture and protect the plants as they grow. There’s more to it than that, but those are the basics. And if you don’t have a sufficient amount of land to garden the way you want, join a community garden or consider options like grow bag farming, raised beds, and other clever hacks. Life wants to grow everywhere. Help it do so!

 

Everything Tastes Better and Is Healthier

When you garden, you know what’s going on at every level of the process. You know what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides are being used and how much of them you are using. Garden-grown fruits and vegetables are richer and more replete with nutrients, vitamins, and flavor than store-bought produce because they weren't grown in competition with thousands of other plants. You decide when to harvest, as well, enabling you to pick and eat fruits and veggies at the height of freshness so you can avoid mold and rot. And, of course, gardening encourages you to eat more greens in general.

Save Money!

Remember how gardening is good for the body, mind, and soul? One more thing to know about the benefits of growing your own garden is that it can improve the status of your bank account! Fresh, organic produce isn't cheap, especially at a high-end grocery store. Maintaining your own garden means a little investment in seeds, time, and work can save big on grocery bills. Get planting and start saving!


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