Have you ever considered growing your own food? If you’re not doing it already, there are many great reasons why you should consider the option. From vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, and leaks, to fruits, such as strawberries, rhubarb, and apples, you could have your very own produce readily available once grown.
If you are a beginner in this area, we have some advice on growing vegetables that may be useful to you. On the other hand, there is some useful information in this article if you want to grow more fruit trees.
Choose the foods you and your family would love to eat and look for further advice around this site and elsewhere online.
These are the reasons why you should consider growing a food garden at home.
#1: A food garden is the healthiest way to eat
You already know that eating fruit and vegetables is good for you, which is why you might load up your supermarket trolley with them every week. However, you need to consider how supermarket produce has been grown. It is the case that a lot of food produce on our shelves has been grown with potentially harmful chemicals, so the food in your trolley might not be as healthy as you think it is. This article at Healthline delves a little further.
When you grow your own food at home, you are doing it the natural way. So long as you don’t spray any harmful pesticides or weed killers nearby, your food will be much safer to eat. It should be tastier, too, as there will be nothing on your food that can contaminate its flavor.
#2: Healthy, fresh food will be readily available
There will be no need to trek to the supermarket or your local grocery store on a too-regular basis, as you will have the healthy food you need growing in your garden. You can plan more healthy meals this way and use what you have grown in your salads, homemade vegetable soups, pies, and roast dinners. If you have fruit growing in your garden, you will be able to make your favorite desserts as well. Your drinks can be healthier, too, as you could whip up something tasty with this wonderful apple smoothie recipe and other recipes you can find online.
With a fresh supply of food, you will also have less need to order takeouts. This will save you a lot of money at home. And as food costs are rising anyway, you won’t have to pay over the odds at your local store. Your bank balance will be as healthy as your food!
#3: You can grow foods in the garden that you won’t find in your supermarket
If your knowledge of healthy food is based entirely on what you find in your local supermarket, it might be that there are foods you have never even heard of before. Fiddleheads, tomatillos, dragon carrots, and peter peppers are just some of those foods that may be unfamiliar to you. This article on unusual vegetables will point you to many more.
So, treat your taste buds to something new and experiment with new fruits and vegetables in your garden. It’s a good way to add variety to your meals, beyond all of the foods that you and your family will be familiar with eating.
#4: The whole family can get involved
If you have children in your family, you could give them their own little plot of land to grow their own foods. This will encourage them to spend more time outdoors and away from their screens. It might also encourage them to eat more healthily, especially if they tend to sideline the vegetables on their plate to the family dog!
Gardening is also a great way to bond with the people in your family. It’s a hobby that you can all take part in at home, without the need to travel far to find something to do. You can share in the accomplishment of growing something great and enjoy the (literal) fruits of your labors together.
Not only will you save money when you grow food at home but you could make more money too! You could sell your fruits and vegetables at the local farmer’s market or to the neighbors who live alongside you. Additionally, you might turn your produce into jams, chutneys, pies, and other food types, and sell those too! You might even make a business from your endeavors in your garden.
So, these are just a few of the reasons why you might decide to grow your own food at home. For further guidance, check out the articles we linked you to and look for other advice online.