Why Having Your Own Vegetable Garden is a Great Idea

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 Investing time and effort in a vegetable garden is extremely rewarding. Not only do you have a chance to cultivate healthy, tasteful, organically grown veggies for your family, you also help to reduce the damage done to the environment by commercial agriculture.

Growing your food does not have to be overwhelming. Whether you have a large yard for extensive produce farming or you can only grow vegetables in pots and planters, you can start growing food crops this very weekend. Some of the easy vegetables to begin with include tomato, potato, carrot, cabbage, lettuce, pepper, spinach, and celery.

If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of starting your garden, don’t despair. We’ve compiled a number of benefits of owning your vegetable garden. Read on and embrace that green thumb! 

1. Get Wholesome Nutrition

Building your diet from a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, grown in your garden, will keep you in good health. Fresh produce contains minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that protect your cells and tissues from oxidative damage.

Unfortunately, produce bought from the grocery store may have been transported over hundreds of miles. This long-distance transportation reduces the nutritional content of the food. To get the most nutritional value from fruits or veggies, they should ideally be harvested and consumed within a few hours.

Vegetables allowed to ripen on the stalk taste better and contain more nutritional content than those plucked unripe and allowed to ripen in transit. The natural flavor of the fresh produce enables you to eat it without adding unnecessary additives and seasoning during cooking.

2. Eat More Varieties from Your Garden

As soon as you start growing your garden, you are no longer in need of eating veggies sold in your grocery store. You are free to plant and eat as many varieties of any vegetable you want.

If you visit your local or community nursery, you will find many varieties of peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and green vegetables. You can choose any number you want, and grow different shapes, colors, and flavors of your favorite plants.

3. Reduce the Risk of Eating Contaminated Food

To keep industrial agriculture profitable, many farmers apply a high volume of pesticides to their crops. Some of the vegetables that are commonly affected by excessive pesticides are tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, spinach, and celery. Incidentally, with the number of well-written DIY tutorials on tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers available online, you can easily grow these veggies in your garden without applying any dangerous chemicals.

Growing your veggies can also prevent food poisoning that affects thousands of people globally every year. You can reduce the risk of common food-borne diseases like salmonella, E.coli, and listeria when you choose garden-fresh vegetables over store-bought or packaged salads.

4. Avoid Harmful Pest Control

Since your garden is under your control, you don’t have to use harmful chemical pesticides. Even when you need to deal with pests or crop diseases, you will find a variety of organic, non-toxic remedies to deal with it.

You will find instructions online on how to keep your plants from infestation. Worst case scenario, you can uproot the plants affected and start afresh without resorting to the use of chemicals.

5. Enjoy Outdoor Exercise

The benefits of gardening go beyond having fresh produce to eat. Gardening affects your mood, mental health, and entire well-being.

All the physical activities like touching the soil, bending, shoveling, weeding, carrying pots, making ridges, and so on will exercise different muscle groups in the body. Also, exposure to sunshine enables the body to produce more vitamin D while the intake of fresh air helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

6. Manage Organic Waste Well

Keeping a garden involves the management of waste from plants. It also makes you conscious of the need to prevent your fruits or vegetables from rotting.

Instead of putting out waste to be taken to the landfills, you can develop a compost heap or pit in your home. This will allow you to obtain fresh organic manure to grow fresh, tasty, and healthy crops. 

Growing your food gives a deep sense of accomplishment. Nurturing those plants from seedlings till they produce those ripe fruits or vegetables for harvest is exciting and fulfilling. To increase your knowledge about starting a garden, spend some time researching online, or visit the gardening society in your community and get ready to start your green thumb journey.

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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