10 Reasons for growing your own food at home
Whether you have a back garden the size of a small country, or you only have a window box, there are always ways that you can grow your own food. You can grow fresh herbs in your window ledge, strawberries in a container, or plant out a row of potatoes in your vegetable patch. Growing your own food is far easier to do than you think and it’s so satisfying to be able to eat your own home-grown produce. Sure, it’s easy to go to the supermarket and buy all your food neatly packaged up and cleaned for you, but here are ten excellent reasons why growing your own food would be so much better.
1. It is better for the environment
Think how much better for the environment it would be if we all grew some of our own food at home. When we shop at a supermarket we rarely, if ever, think about how much carbon has been emitted to get that produce to the store. It is quite likely that your food has been transported thousands of miles in refrigerated transport to get it onto the shelves and you would be saving all that carbon by just growing some of it yourself at home.
2. It tastes better
Anyone who has already grown their own food will tell you how much more flavour home grown food has. Modern intensive farming methods mean that the soil the food is grown in is exhausted of all the nutrients that are needed for healthy plants to grow, and that’s why they have to supplement with artificial fertilizers. Your home grown food won’t have this problem, so it will have all the natural goodness and flavour that nature intended.
3. It is cheaper
Food that you grow yourself will always be cheaper than supermarket food. The basics that you need to grow your own food are seeds, soil and water, and you can’t get much cheaper than that! You’ll even save on the cost of starting up your car and driving to the store to do all of your shopping.
4. It is good for your soul
Keeping a garden has also been proven to be very good for reducing stress and anxiety. There is something very therapeutic about giving nature a helping by tending a garden. In fact, the emotional benefits of gardening are so great, that horticultural therapy is now used as a way of helping people sleep better and cope with anxiety and stress.
5. You know exactly where your food came from
One of the biggest benefits of growing your own food is that you have complete control over how your food is grown. Despite all the rules and regulations that have been passed, the presence of pesticides and herbicides in our food is still a big problem. If you grow your own food, you can be 100% sure that it has been grown organically.
6. It is good exercise
Another great thing about growing your own food is that you get great exercise along with it. Even just tending a small patch of garden will make you stretch, stoop, get down and get back up again. We all know that exercise keeps us healthy and keeps disease at bay and gardening is an enjoyable way to get some exercise and a bit of fresh air. It’s a lot more fun than running around the block and you get something delicious to eat from it as well.
7. It is a great education for children
You would be surprised at how many children have no idea where their food comes from and kids can learn a lot form getting out in the garden and growing their own food. They can find out how plants grow, what plants need and they can help plan and care for a garden too. It will also get them into the habit of eating healthy food, and that can’t be a bad thing at all.
8. It helps to promote biodiversity
Even your tiny patch of garden can be a haven for wildlife and if you plant a range of different crops, you will attract all kinds of wildlife. Large scale farming is stripping the land of its diversity, but your home-grown produce garden could provide a home for many kinds of insects, even if you live in a big city.
9. Home-grown food is better for you
There have been many studies that have proven, beyond all doubt, that home-grown, organic food contains far more nutritional benefit than mass produced food. You will be getting more vitamins and minerals from every single bite of your home produce and you can’t get any fresher than what you just picked out of your own garden.
10. It is a lot easier than you think
Growing your own food is really easy and you don’t need to be an expert to make a start. You can start off with something small like planting some herbs, or growing a couple of tomato plants. Once you have tasted your first harvest that you grew yourself, you will be hooked by the horticultural bug forever!
What do you think of the idea of growing your own food?