Benefits of a Home Garden
Summer time is here! Kids are out of school, families take vacations, and gardens are full of produce ready for picking. One Sunday, we needed another side dish for dinner so my dad went outside and picked bunches of kale out of his garden. I thought to myself, “Wow, how cool is this?! All we have to do is walk thirty steps from the back door to fresh produce!” This revelation prompted me to think of a few benefits of growing your own vegetables, check out my top three along with pictures of my dad’s garden goodies.
Benefit 1: Saves Money!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to save money. My dad buys $2.00 bell pepper plants from a home improvement store that produce over $100 worth of bell peppers every summer! On average, the same $2.00 in the grocery store would only buy four green bell peppers.
Benefit 2: Produce is super fresh!
Produce may travel hundreds of miles before it reaches your grocery cart (check out the vegetable’s origin listed on its label next to the product code). Having a garden in your backyard cuts travel time to minutes instead of days ensuring vegetables are consumed at peak freshness while retaining nutritional value.
Benefit 3: Creates a sense of community!
Since my dad’s garden produces an abundance of fruit, he loves to share the bounty with friends and family. When the warm temperatures hit Atlanta, people start asking for tomatoes, cucumbers or whatever he has available. It’s also a great way to meet new neighbors; just offer them a basket of fresh produce from your garden!
Oh the Benefits!
Other benefits of having a garden include reducing your carbon footprint, less chemicals or pesticides used, and creating another source of income. Now that you’re inspired to build your own garden, take a look at Better Homes and Garden’s Tips for getting started.
Check out my garden inspired recipes here!