If vegetable gardening is your hobby, then the time and effort you spend to grow your own food is worth every cent. I am pretty sure that not everyone will agree with me on this, arguing that the dollars you save from time spent gardening are pathetic compared to working for a decent paying job. For me, that is not a fair comparison. A hobby is something that you do in your free time and which should not compete with work – just like playing golf or biking, but without spending good money on golf clubs or expensive bikes. Gardening can be an extremely productive hobby if done correctly.
Learning how to plant a garden has benefited my family in so many ways. For us, gardening has evolved into an enjoyable family time, with each seed sprouting bringing joy to every family member, including the kids. Being close to the earth and seeing what it produces has allowed us to have a better appreciation of nature. Have you ever seen the innocent delight of children observing science unfold in front of their very own eyes? Or experience the joy that comes with seeing your family enjoying fresh home grown food? Or feel the peace of mind knowing your produce is safe because of the organic gardening weed control methods you employed?
Rather than putting a dollar sign on the benefits you get when you grow your own food, I find gardening more fulfilling because of these things. But I perfectly understand that some people would like to dwell on the more practical side of things. To each his own, so we say, different strokes for different folks. So, let us see some of the actual benefits of home gardening.
You can grow your own food indoors
Say goodbye to excuses like you do not need to learn how to plant a garden because you are living in an apartment and do not have a backyard. Urban gardening is not a problem with containers, which you can conveniently place on balconies or in sunny windows. Your limited space should not deter you from establishing a kitchen garden. If you are a newbie and feel intimidated by the prospect of planting indoors, you can start with sprouts such as peas, sunflower seeds and mung beans. They are not only easy to grow (you just soak them in water for a couple of days and then place them on a tray so they can germinate), they are some of the most nutrition-dense foods.
You can grow your own food with limited outdoor space
If you have a few square feet of backyard space and a water source, you are ready to start your own outdoor garden. Of course you will have to invest some time in gardening too. I can promise you that you won’t have to choose between your job and gardening, but you may have to sacrifice going to the mall or that card game with your friends once you get the hang of it.
Even with limited space, gardens can be incredibly productive. The key is good planning and management. Knowing how to plant a garden, albeit small, allows you to enjoy fresh vegetables and herbs instead of having to make do with the wilted ones you purchased a couple of days back from the grocer. You can make use of pots to plant a tomato or two, scallions, some herbs, lettuces and bell peppers.
When you learn how to plant a garden, you will reap these benefits
- Cut your grocery expenses. You will notice this once you begin harvesting your produce.
- Get some enjoyable and fulfilling outdoor exercise. You don’t need a gym to sweat it out.
- Eat better tasting food. Nothing taste better than the freshest produce.
- Have a healthier family. When you grow your own food, your children will be encouraged to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Be sure of your food’s safety. When you use natural fertilizers and organic gardening weed control methods, you need not worry about chemical residues in your produce.
Helping the environment through organic gardening weed control practices
Organic gardening is one of the very few hobbies that make a positive impact to the environment. The benefit you get when you grow your own food does not end with you and your family reaping its fruits and eating safe and healthy food. It does not stop with helping the family budget. Using organic gardening weed control instead of toxic pesticides is one way of supporting sustainable agriculture and promoting a cleaner and healthier environment.
I am sure by now you are convinced of the benefits of organic home gardening. You will be amazed at how this pleasurable hobby can help your family become healthier, your expenses lighter, and the environment cleaner. So take up the challenge and grow your own food.