Save money by Starting Your Own Garden
Save money! Needless to say, we can all “save” some extra dollars during these trying times. Planting your own veggies is a great way to do it. Research shows that for every $1 spent on seeds, garden tools, and time, you can get almost $2 back on fresh produce! But looking at the price of lettuce now, it’s 2-3 times as much! Have you seen the price of iceberg lettuce? It’s going for $6-8 at the time of writing this article. That’s what I call great value for money spent on seeds!
We assume, in general, saving requires sacrifices, such as, quitting alcohol, eating less, frozen food, etc, but when you grow your own vegetables, the only sacrifice is time, but it’s also a benefit because you’ll be spending more time in the garden. In addition to potentially saving hundreds of dollars a year, you’ll be eating produce that’s healthier than at the supermarket and so delicious your kids will ask for more.
Connect with nature on a regular basis
Planting a garden allows you to physically connect with nature by interacting with the plants and soil, and – quite literally – enjoying the fruits of your labor. When you grow a gourmet garden, you get as close to nature as possible. As you interact with plants, soil, and the weather, you’ll experience first-hand all the elements involved in growing. The reward is harvesting and consuming what you grow, leading to a deep sense of satisfaction and a deeper understanding of nature and growth cycles.
In the 21st century world of convenience and consumption, we are disconnected from nature. We somehow believe that we can live away from nature, take as much as we want, and give nothing back. That’s not how successful relationships work. We are part of nature, not separate from it. If we continue to live as a privileged separate species, we risk losing it all.
Increase your knowledge of nutrition and natural health
Improving your health by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. Vitamin content is highest when you pick vegetables straight from the garden. Plus, you reduce the risk of eating vegetables that contain harmful chemicals – you know exactly what you’re eating. Plus, if you involve your kids in the gardening process, they’ll be more likely to taste vegetables.
Plowing, seeding, weeding, watering and harvesting will get you outside, getting some fresh air and burning some calories in the process. It’s also a great way to relax and release stress. When you’re sweating it out, you also know that freshly grown food is packed with nutrients, high in fiber and low in calories.