One of the biggest changes in the way we use our gardens over the last decade has been the explosion in the popularity of growing food at home.
Over 35% of households in the US are now growing food at home or in a community garden according to a survey carried out last year by the National Gardening Association. If you haven’t yet joined the home growing revolution, then 2018 is the time to do it, especially with spring just around the corner.
Here are seven reasons why you should be installing a vegetable garden this year.
A vegetable garden reduces the cost of your grocery bill
If you are growing your own food in your garden, then you don’t need to be spending money on fruit and vegetables as part of your grocery shop. It’s a money saving exercise.
A vegetable garden can give you produce to sell
Not only is it a money saving exercise, but it can also be a money-making exercise. If you grow more than enough fruit or vegetables to feed your own family, then you can start selling the excess produce on for a profit.
A vegetable garden can improve your health
Away from the cost benefits, there are obvious health benefits to having a vegetable garden. You know exactly what has gone into the making of the produce on your plate and that it is additive and pesticide free. Take a look at preparednessmama.com for some ideas as to what you can grow in your vegetable garden.
A vegetable garden gives you better-tasting food
The best chefs in the world are now growing their own ingredients for use in their kitchens due to its superior taste. It is not often that the regular home cook can get their hands on ingredients prepared in the same way as the professionals, but a vegetable garden opens up the possibility.
A vegetable garden can bring a family together
The vegetable garden can get the whole family into out into the great outdoors and working together on a project for a common goal. In an age where children, and even adults, are living their lives through computer games and social media, taking a weekend to work out in the fresh air can be to the benefit of everyone.
A vegetable garden is a great way of exercising
When gardening you will find yourself making lots of different movements that will work many different muscle groups. You’ll need strength and flexibility as you dig, plant and weed – all tasks that are excellent forms of exercise with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimating that 45 minutes of gardening can burn as many calories as running 1.5 miles in 15 minutes.
A vegetable garden brings life to your yard
A vegetable patch in a corner of your garden adds life, colour and beauty to the yard while the smell of fresh strawberries and crisp cucumbers will make summer afternoons outside in your garden even more enjoyable.