10 great reasons to start a garden this year

10 great reasons to start a garden this year

Katie Bulmer is a former junk food addict turned into one of those green freaks that used to get on her nerves. She “does weird things like cloth diaper my kids, garden organicaly, make my own laudry detergent and other tree hugging type adventures”, but don’t worry, she still takes showers and eats cheetos. You can find her blogging at Imperfect People.

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So you want to have a garden but need a little extra motivation to get started this year? Spring is here and if you ever thought about gardening now is the time to get started.

harvest

I compiled the top 10 reasons to get out there, get digging, and grow your own produce this year!

  1. Cost/Savings: The average family with a vegetable garden spends just $70 a year on it and grows an estimated $600 worth of vegetables. (source) Thats a 850% return on your investment!! Try getting that at the bank!
  2. Nutrition: Produce is at it’s peak nutritional value when ripe. Fruits and veggies that have to travel to the super market are picked well before they are ripe. While it may become ripe by the time you eat it, the nutrition comes from the stem of the living plant. Once harvested, a vegetable is as nutritious as it is going to get. Nutritional value actually decreases each and every day past harvest.
  3. Organic: When you grow your own, you decide what goes in the dirt, what goes on the plant and more importantly WHAT DOESN’T. Organic famers do a great job, but with all the politics surrounding the term “organic”…you never really know exactly how it is grown UNLESS you do it yourself.
  4. Education: Gardening is an incredible activity to do with kids. Many kids have no idea watermelons don’t grow on trees! What’s more YOU learn a lot too! Did you know lemons are ripe in december? And Brussels sprouts grown in the winter?
  5. Exercise: Gardening provides all three types of exercise: endurance, flexibility, and strength. burning up to 500 calories per hour! (source)
  6. Convenient: Yesterday I was in the middle of making dinner when I realized, “I have no cilantro!!” But then…Eureka! I realized I have some outside in the garden! Having fresh ingredients in your backyard beats a trip to the store every time!
  7. Immune system booster?: Joel Salatin mentions in his book that getting in the dirt can actually help boost your immune system! A little dirt don’t hurt!
  8. Taste: Due to many of the reason listed in #2, homegrown taste SIGNIFICANTLY better than store bought.
  9. Variety: At the grocery store and even at many famers markets there are maybe two varieties of every type of fruit/veggie. But when you grow your own you can choose seeds from an endless list. Do you know there are over 100 varieties of squash?
  10. Put your yard to use: Don’t let precious real-estate go to waste. Grass takes water and nutrients and gives very little back. But herbs and veggies earn their keep like none other. They produce a bountiful harvest for you to enjoy!

Spinach storage

I hope these reasons convinced you to get out there this year! What do you love most about gardening? Do you plan to have a garden this year?

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Comments

  1. Emily T. says:

    Yes, I do plan to have a garden–in fact it is currently in the works. In years past, I didn’t think about my garden until May or June–both crazy months for me, so my garden was sad and never produced much. This year I made the decision to spend spring break getting my garden prepared and ready. Very excited to see how much better it does!

    Katie @ imperfect people Reply:

    Hooray for an early start! I hope it is very successful this year. Thanks so much for your comment! stop by imperfectpeople.net anytime if you have any gardening questions.

  2. My family make sure that we have some common ingredients planted in our backyard. I think fresh ingredients are great because of its nutrients and it is very convenient. You simply pick up tomatoes or cut some leaves from your own herb garden. Food is better when you use natural and fresh ingredients.

    Katie @ imperfect people Reply:

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m glad you are growing your own too. Thanks for your comment!

  3. This year I am planning to grow everything I usually buy regularly, especially herbs. Tomatoes are one of my favourite home grown things, you cannot get the same taste from any bought tomatoe as you can from one grown in your own garden!

    Katie @ imperfect people Reply:

    So true. Tomatoes in particular are especially better homegrown. And I thin you save the most $$ when you grow herbs. They are so costly at the store and most are so easy to grow. Thanks for the comment. Good luck on your garden!

  4. Yay! This is my first garden and it is so neat to watch. I would also add that it helps reduce stress because you feel a sense of accomplishment seeing those little seedsTurn into something. So fun!

  5. What a difference when you grow your own produce. My summer is going by feasting on yummy tomatoes, cucumbers and salad. Good luck with yours this year!

  6. We used to have a small garden and I do agree that having one is very convenient. Fridge is empty and you forgot to go out for groceries to boot? No problem, have a nice garden salad for your meal, fresh from the backyard soil.

  7. Fatso McDonald says:

    I want to plant candy

  8. LOL at the “planting candy” comment.

    Gardens are very useful, though require a lot of maintenance. Gotta be committed keep up with them!

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