Is there a patch of land in your backyard that’s been left useless all this time? Instead of setting up a swimming pool or a Zen garden, why not plant vegetables instead? Growing a vegetable gardens is a great way to spend a quiet time de-stressing while getting in touch with nature. Having a steady supply of vegetables will also lessen food expenses and improve the health of your loved ones. Read on to learn some of the advantages of growing a vegetable garden.
Some of the most significant advantages of growing a vegetable garden are related to our health and well being. Being surrounded with plants alone is both invigorating and encouraging. Days and days spent indoors and at the workplace prevent us from getting in touch with nature, thus we tend to have limited means to appreciate everything that’s grand and beautiful in life. Picture yourself being surrounded with plants that teem with life and growth, their edible parts improving the appetite and nourishing the body with essential vitamins and minerals. Raking, digging, weeding, pruning and harvesting – all these activities done while tending a vegetable gardens provide a constructive outlet for all the tensions that the body amasses during a week of stressful work.
Then there’s the impact on your budget. It’s not easy to ignore the soaring prices of food these days, including vegetables. Although your backyard may be small and your vegetable garden may not provide all that you need, it will have a dramatic effect in reducing your food bill. Imagine not having to constantly run to the grocery store to buy some of the ingredients for your family meals. Some of the most common vegetables that you need are already right there in your very own backyard. Depending on the kind of vegetables you plant and your methods of preserving them, the economic benefits you get from your vegetable garden may be felt all year round.
Another benefit to home grown veggies is that they are often a safer choice. Chances are you might not fully know whether the vegetables you buy at the supermarket are free of pesticides. Some vendors claim that their vegetables are free from harmful chemicals. What about if the soil where those crops grew was exposed to pesticides before or they were planted next to crops sprayed with pesticides? Prolonged dietary exposure to pesticides is linked to various adverse reproductive and developmental effects. Your children are at higher risk to the dangers of such chemicals on the vegetables they consume. Their bodies are not yet fully developed to properly metabolize or excrete such substances.
Growing a vegetable garden also allows you to reduce your impact on the environment. If commercially grown vegetables receive little demand from consumers, then commercial farmers will find no reason to expand their plantations. So there’s no need to cut down rain forests and devastate the habitats of wild animals. Also, if demand is lowered farmers will use less pesticides and other harmful chemicals that pollute our rivers and the rest of the environment. You might feel that you as a concerned citizen cannot contribute that much positive impact on the environment by planting vegetable gardens. But imagine the difference that could be made if a lot of people started to grow their own vegetables in their own backyard.
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