More than providing you with clean, fresh and good tasting produce, growing your own vegetable garden can help you improve your health. An enjoyable backyard activity that is so easy to start and more likely to stick with.
Gardening is never boring. It gives you a reason to go out for some fresh air and sunshine – and get your free dose of vitamin D! You perform exercises that provide you with a wonderful sense of achieving something. It is excellent for everyone, especially for kids, people with disabilities and the elders as it only requires a light and low-impact exercises like digging, planting, watering, and weeding.
There’s nothing like having dinner with your family enjoying salad made from fresh veggies straight from your garden. Knowing exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown has a huge benefit and is a lot better than buying your greens from supermarket that are usually laden with so many chemical preservatives and pesticides. Do you know that children exposed to pesticides faces a significant risk of having birth defects, neurodevelopmental delays and autism spectrum disorder?
When you grow your own food, you can decide what comes in contact with your food. You begin to think of ways of making your plants productive without using chemical fertilizers and discover the values of composting. And you start saving up your kitchen scraps, fruits and vegetable trimmings including eggshells and adding them to your compost, which you put in your garden soil to nourish crops. In your own little way, you are doing your share in cutting down landfill and improving the environment.
Here are some other benefits of gardening.
It allows us to connect to a primal state which we have lost in this modern world.
It reduces stress and promotes relaxation.
With both mental and physical activities in gardening, it can lower the risk of developing dementia.
Growing your own food can increase your fruit and vegetable intake.
Gardening can keep you agile, and even improve your state of mind.
It can save you a lot of money going to and buying at the supermarket.
And by teaching your kids the skill and the value of growing their own food, you are helping them to become self-reliant and this knowledge stays with them forever.
So, wear your garden boots and start getting your hands dirty. Have fun gardening.
Grow your own food. Go organic.