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Home gardening is where it’s at! It really is wonderful how more and more people come to realize the benefits of growing their own food. Because there actually is quite a few! Whether you are already a seasoned gardener or have never planted a seed (yet!), I hope these will inspire you. Here’s 10 reasons to grow your own food.

 

1. It’s cheaper!

That’s right! All you need is seeds, soil, and some water. Think about all the effort needed to get commercial produce to your plate. From the energy the farmer put in, to the truck that transported it, the fridge that kept it cool, the people working at the supermarket displaying and selling it and you driving to and from the supermarket…that’s a lot of energy, a lot of time, and a lot of money. Go save now! Go grow your own food!

2.  You’re in control.

When growing your own food, you are in control of the process. You know the quality of the soil and the water (if you have considered a water purifier (we call it a vitaliser in the Netherlands) for your own health, here’s one more reason! Did you know farmers around the world are turning to purified water because it increases their yield?) You can throw in as much love and attention as you want: it will eventually show up on your plate! And you know for sure, first hand, no nasty chemicals have been used.

3. It teaches children where our food comes from.

To a child, it is magical and nourishing to experience the entire process from the planting of a seed, watering it, watching it grow, and eventually harvesting and eating the final product. Being part of this circle contributes to a deeper understanding of life itself, in a way that truly connects with their soul: not in words, but in a magical experience in which they play part.

4. Getting your hands dirty is healthy.

Gardening is one of the most basic, natural activities that has been around since the beginning of time. It is honest, transparent labor that connects you to the earth and to yourself. It reduces stress and anxiety. Getting your hands dirty actually has chemical benefits to your body: it increases serotonin production, an important hormone that promotes happiness and mental health and strengthens the immune system. See, mom? Dirt is healthy! There is evidence suggesting that dirt-deficiency in childhood may contribute to mental illnesses and auto-immune diseases like asthma and allergies. We need more dirt!

5. It’s better for the environment.

Planes and trucks emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide, gobble up fossil fuel, and make your food unnecessarily expensive. No need for those smelly toxins when growing your own! By growing your own food, you not only promote your own health and the health of your family, but the health of our planet.

6. You can have truly fresh produce.

Fresh produce from the stores has usually been transported and kept for several days. How cool would it be to be able to cut off your veggies right before you start cooking? Home grown produce is fresh as you can get: full of nutrients and life energy to nourish yourself and your family with. Who wouldn’t love that!

7. It’s fun and rewarding!

There are few things as rewarding as being able to literally pick the fruits of your labor and putting them on your plate.  To eat entire meals that you and your family grew with your own hands, in your own yard is true happiness! (And your kids are more likely to eat what they have helped grow)!

8. It truly is for everyone.

Everyone can grow their own food. Whether you have a garden or just a balcony (or even only a rooftop or a window pane), whether you were born with green fingers or you are an absolute klutz when it comes to gardening, there is always something that will work for you! You can find lots of resources on the internet, specific to your situation. There are also solutions for people with back or knee problems, like waist-high elevated garden beds.

Check out Urban Organic Gardener if you’re in an apartment or have just a little space in your yard. Totally new to gardening?  Tips from Wikihow will help get you started!

9. It is contagious!

Once your seeds will start sprouting, your enthusiasm will grow along with them. Chances are, curiosity and enthusiasm will grow in the people around you, too. Share your joy, your experience and your harvested foods with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers! That way, your home gardening will be promoting your health as well as others and will provide a beautiful opportunity to connect with those around you.

10. Seriously. Do you need another reason?

I bet there are even more reasons, depending on who you ask. Growing your own food is about more than just harvesting veggies.

Are you a home gardener? Please share! What’s your yield?

**This post has been entered into Simple Lives Thursday #110 and Pennywise Platters. **

 

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  1. Yes we garden, quite enthusiastically at our house! I love nothing better than to watch a tiny seed grow into a huge plant that gives us food. We live on a small lot, but that doesnt stop me from having gardens everywhere. Even an apple tree, which is giving us around 2 dozen apples this year, not bad for a 3 year old tree. I planted jelly melons, cabbage, lettuce, onions, garlic, tomatos, borage, catnip, rosemary, thyme, basil, ground cherrys, horehound, yarrow, mustard, peas, popcorn, and papaya this spring and summer. I just planted red kale, green kale and snow peas this morning and yellow beets last week for our fall garden. Every spring when the seed cataloges come in we let our children pick out some new interesting plant. This year was the jelly melon, which because of the drought hasnt produced yet, but it will soon.

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  2. We just started growing our own vegetables this year, and it is truly addictive! Of course we had many bombs… but hopefully we learned lots of lessons for the next time around. Going to pick the last of my cucumbers now…

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  3. We put in our first garden this year too. We got a late start, but California weather won’t keep our plants from harvesting! We planted corn, peppers, eggplant (not doing much of anything), chickpeas (worms love them), tomatoes, spinach, and cucumbers. Also, I’m growing rosemary, basil, and oregano. It’s a work in progress and some are doing better than others, but you are so right when you say that it’s rewarding. When we spotted our first teeny, tiny green tomato the other day we were jumping up and down like we just won the lottery!

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  4. I love to garden and think people’s reaction to what I grow quite funny. Some people are so shocked when you say you grow your own grapes or peahces etc. Fifty plus years ago everyone had a garden. I’m happy the victory garden is coming back in style. We rarely have to go to the store once the garden gets going. I don’t enjoy putting everything up for the winter but it’s worth it. Who doesn’t love fresh, homemade salsa in the middle of winter.

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  5. [...] 10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food — Neat reasons why you should consider starting a garden.  (I can’t wait until we can get into a new house and I can plant a big one!) [...]

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