April is upon us and that means that its time to get the garden started! Do you plant a garden? If you don’t, there’s seriously no excuse not to. I cannot even keep a potted succulent alive, but gardens I have no issues with.
1. Taste: homegrown fruits and vegetables just taste better. They are jucier and crisper and more flavorful.
2. Health: The Journal of American Dietetic Association found that children more than doubled their overall fruit and vegetable consumption after their parents grew a food garden in their yard. Additionally, fresh vegetables are 50% higher in nutrients.
3. Fitness: When you’re working in the garden, you’re outdoors, moving. Not only can you burn approximately 300 calories while gardening, but you also get to squat, stretch and do other things that are awesome for your body.
4. Budget: Its no shock that a garden can considerably reduce grocery your bill. One seed costs between 3-10 cents. Compare that with the cost of 1 piece of produce at the store. If you plan well, you can save some great money by gardening from spring into fall and by canning some of your harvest, as well.
5. Happiness: Digging in the dirt makes you feel good!
6. Its good for your kids: It not only teaches them life skills, but you’re teaching them about health and sustainability.
7. Environmentally friendly: By growing your own garden, you’re greatly reducing your carbon footprint. Additionally, if you skip the pesticides, you’re not adding to air pollution.
8. Sense of achievement: Nothing feels better than when you prep a meal made from ingredients that you grew from a seed.
9. Less waste: The average person is more likely to throw out produce purchased at the grocery store that has gone mushy than food grown in their garden. When you take ownership of it, you are less apt to take it for granted.
10. Safer food: When you’re growing it, you have control over it. You don’t have to worry about contamination from farm runoff or from the manufacturing plant where it was cut and bagged.
Like I mentioned, I have no yard. But we still manage to squeeze in 2 square foot gardens and a few pots and patches. By planting strategically, last year I managed to grow asparagus, pole beans, jalapenos, bell peppers, several types of tomatoes, kale, chard, spinach, mesclun, romaine, carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, small cantaloupe, onion, garlic, and lots of herbs. I’ve tried to grow beets, but every year, I fail.
Do you garden?? Do you have a large yard? What do you grow? If you don’t garden, what’s stopping you? For more gardening stuff, check out my gardening board on Pinterest.