Is home gardening worth all the effort? A lot of people say that gardening is easier said than done, with all the nitty-gritty details you need to learn about gardening such how to manage a veggie patch or what it takes to actually growing herbs successfully. Truth is, a lot of people are intimidated by gardening simply because they do not have the right information. For me, and for a lot of garden enthusiasts, rolling up our sleeves and getting dirty is so worth it when we see our families and loved ones are enjoying the freshest and safest food.
Setting your home gardening goals
Just like anything else, gardening can be less taxing and more fulfilling if you have goals in mind. You can start with very simple goals like improving the soil, or making the garden productive and beautiful at the same time. You can make creating fun for the family in the garden another worthwhile goal. Home gardening goals need not have to be something like producing the best veggie patch or the fastest growing herbs in the neighborhood. Don’t be too hard on yourself especially if you are new to gardening. What is important is that your goal is able to spur you to action and make your gardening chores more enjoyable.
The benefits of growing a veggie patch organically
For me, the most worthwhile reason why I grow my own food is because I am in full control of how the plants are nurtured. I am particularly concerned with the chemical residue that is present in commercially produced fruit and vegetables. I want to give my family safe and healthy food and to me that means chemical free. In addition to this, here are you some other key advantages of growing your veggie patch organically:
- They are more nutritious
- They taste better
- They are safer
- They are free from preservatives that retard rotting
The benefits of growing herbs in your home garden
If you love cooking, I am sure you will agree with me that nothing beats the taste and aroma of fresh herbs. So what’s the best way to get those lovely fragrances? By growing herbs right in your own home. Herbs are easy to grow and even newbies will find it enjoyable. They can grow well even in limited space, even producing a huge harvest. You can place them in unique containers, in window boxes, or plant them with perennials. Growing your own herbs not only gives you the freshest supply whenever you need them, they are amazingly beautiful with their different textures and colors, they smell wonderful, and of course they help repel insects.
Home gardening tips made simple
Here are some tips that any gardener will surely love:
To stop dirt from getting under your fingernails: Rub your fingernails across a bar of soap to seal the undersides of your nails.
- To get rid of the salt deposits that accumulate on your clay pots: Mix up some white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water and apply to the pot, let stand for a bit and scrub with a brush.
- Don’t pour the water down the drain when you boil or steam vegetables. Let it cool and use to water potted plants on the patio.
- Chamomile tea is great for controlling fungus. You can use it as a foliar spray or you can add a small amount of tea around the base of seedlings once a week.
- Get rid of aphids by spraying your plants with water and insecticidal soap. Make sure you spray the underside of the leaves.
Home gardening is one hobby that is both fulfilling and beneficial. While it is true that gardening can be hard work, gardeners enjoy the challenge and what they are doing. Gardening is a relaxing activity, and even if you are new to it, finding fulfillment in home gardening is not a difficult goal to achieve.