Have you been trying to visit the grocery store less often?
Perhaps you want some produce that you’ve been having a hard time finding, or you’re tired of how much you spend in the produce area each week.
Whatever the reason, more and more people are turning to home gardens in 2020 and you could be one of them.
Growing produce is fun and it can be rewarding. If you’ve been thinking about growing your own vegetables or fruits at home you’re in the right place. Keep reading for 5 reasons that you should start your garden this year.
- You Get Healthy Food
Are there any fruits or vegetables that you’ve been wanting from the grocery store but you just can’t seem to get them when they’re fresh or in season?
When you’re growing your own garden full of fresh veggies, you have a whole yard full of food. Growing it will likely encourage you to incorporate more of it into your daily meals.
Bonus, if you have vegetable-resistant children this also works great for them. A kid that helps to grow the food will be more likely to eat it. Organic gardening is great for the whole family.
- It’s Good for Your Mental Health
Did you know that gardening can improve your overall mental wellbeing?
Gardening outside exposes you to vitamin D, a vitamin that can help improve your mood. The energy expended can boost your endorphins (or happy chemicals) in your brain.
Gardening is also a mindful activity. It takes mindfulness to plant, prune, and harvest your fruits and vegetables.
At the end of the growth cycle, it can feel good to know that you’ve created something that you’re now able to eat. That fulfillment and success is great for your mental health.
- You Can Save Money
Produce can be expensive. Each individual piece is likely affordable, but a week’s worth of veggies and fruits can add up!
Seeds and starters, on the other hand, are cheap.
Seeds can often be bought for a few cents per packet. Starter plants, which are more stable, are nearly always less than $10 for common vegetables and fruits. They yield more produce per dollar than a trip through the produce section of your local grocery store.
It does take more time to get to that point and the initial cost is higher but once you’ve found your stride you’re going to be saving money.
- It’s Good for Your Physical Health
Not only is gardening good for your mental health, but it’s also good for your physical health.
Most Americans spend too much time sitting down. As a country, we aren’t active enough and it’s contributing to poor health.
Gardening is physical in nature. It’s hard to see it as something that gives you a workout, but in reality, it’s more strenuous than it seems. Not only are you growing something that’s going to be healthy to eat, but you’re also improving your health on the way there.
Are You Growing Produce At Home?
Growing produce in your own garden is healthy, rewarding, and a lot of fun. Get started while the weather is good and reap the benefits.
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