Why bother with organic gardening? Why have a garden at all? I love growing because it's rewarding. There are few things in life as gratifying as looking out over your bountiful garden and knowing that you did this, that you are feeding your family healthy, delicious meals built around the results of your labor of love.
Aside from personal pride, here are my top five reasons for preferring natural, home grown produce.
Veggies just picked from your organic garden will always be fresh and flavorful … even if you can or freeze them for use throughout the year. A jar of your own carrots canned 6 months ago will taste fresher and be more full of nutrients than anything you can buy at the grocery store – fresh, frozen or canned.
By taking the time and energy to grow an organic garden, you ensure your family's health. How many of you actually get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Wouldn't it be easier to be healthy if you could walk outside and pick some fresh lettuce, spinach, onion and strawberries for a salad? Top the salad with nuts and you've got a healthy meal the whole family will enjoy. On top of that, you'll need to spend a couple of hours each week outside, watering, weeding, applying organic fertilizer and picking your luscious bounty. Those few hours of exercise can help contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
You don't have to worry about your produce when massive recalls are issued for contaminated tomatoes, spinach or other veggies. You know that your garden is pesticide, chemical and E. coli free thanks to your organic gardening and organic fertilizer!
Avoiding pesticides and chemicals for your garden cuts down on air, water and ground pollution. Your carbon footprint is smaller when you pick your produce from your garden rather than driving to the store. Plus, you're cutting down on big picture stuff – no refrigeration trucks or planes needed to transport your produce!
$50 spent on plants (or if you're super motivated, $10 worth of seeds and free scraps from your kitchen) in your organic vegetable garden can yield $500 or more worth of prime organic produce. This means you're getting your vegetables for literally pennies on the dollar. It's so worth the few hours of maintenance required each week.
On top of all of these great reasons to grow, it's a stress-reliever. Looking at the beauty, pulling weeds and tending your crops all help to lower blood pressure and stress levels in most folks. Don't believe me? Give it a try!
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