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Why you should start growing your own food

Updated: May 31, 2022



With the cost of living rising out of control and economic uncertainty peeking around every corner, the very foundation of food security is under threat. For this reason alone growing your own food is a great way to ensure you will at least always have access to fresh, high-quality organic produce.


Many people avoid home gardening because they think it will be difficult or expensive. But growing your own food is actually much easier than most people think and it will probably even save you money! Still not convinced? Here is 8 more reason why growing your own produce is a worthwhile idea:


You'll eat healthier


You'll eat healthier by growing your own food. We all know how healthy produce from the grocery store can be, but did you know that it isn't always organic? Did you also know that some farmers use pesticides on their crops and this may affect the nutritional value of their harvest? By growing your own food, you have complete control over which seeds are planted and how they are treated. You can choose to grow only organic products and avoid eating pesticide-laden fruit. If there is a specific food item that you love or need more of, why not grow it yourself? Better nutrition means better health!


You'll save money


When you grow your own food, you'll save money in a number of ways. For example:

  • Fruits and vegetables are cheaper to grow than to buy. Farmers' markets are often more expensive than grocery stores, but if you're growing your own and selling it at the market yourself, then you'll be able to charge more for your products and actually make money from what you've already grown.

  • You can save money on seeds, tools, and other supplies by making some of them yourself from recycled materials (see "DIY").

  • You can save money on transportation costs by growing food close to where you live—even if this means growing indoors! If all else fails, there's always the option of buying locally grown food instead of imported ones that have traveled thousands of miles before reaching their destination.

  • Food waste is an enormous problem when we buy groceries in stores—but when we grow our own fruits/veggies there's no need to worry about throwing away any part of them! The only thing left over will be seeds that have been used up after harvest season ends...and even those could potentially be used next year as well!


You'll feel more connected to nature and your community


Growing food is a great way to get in touch with the natural world, as well as your local community. You’ll be able to attend workshops and events related to gardening and farming, meet other gardeners in your area, and make friends with people who have similar interests. You might even start an urban farm or community garden!


It's a calming activity for you and your family


Growing your own food can be a very relaxing activity for you and your family. It is also a great way to spend time together, especially if you have children. It's a great way to teach children about where food comes from, and the importance of eating healthy foods.

Growing your own food provides plenty of benefits that will keep your mind off the stresses of daily life.


You'll learn about where your food comes from


Growing your own food means you can grow almost any plant, as long as you have the right soil and enough sunlight. Every season is different, and some plants grow better in certain seasons than others. In addition to learning about which crops are best to plant at each time of year, you'll also learn about the different types of seeds and how they work best when planted in the ground or in pots indoors (or both!). There's a lot that goes into growing good crops; it takes patience, knowledge, and sometimes even skill!


You can do it on a small scale


Even if you live in a tiny apartment, or have limited outdoor space, there are many ways to start growing your own food. You can grow it on a balcony or in containers on the floor of your apartment. If you're lucky enough to have access to an outdoor area (even if it's just a patio or front yard), there are plenty of plants that will thrive in these conditions.


You don't need much room at all—you can grow herbs and salad greens indoors on the windowsill, for example—and even those with small kitchens may be able to find space for one or two pots of basil and oregano!


The best time to start is now!

  • The best time to start is now!

  • You can start small.

  • For example, you can grow a small vegetable garden in your backyard or even right on your patio if that's all you have room for.

  • You can plant herbs if you like cooking with fresh herbs and don't have the space for a big garden—the ones that are easiest to grow are parsley and mint.

  • You can grow fruits or berries (or both) in pots on your balcony or patio.


Growing your own food can have many benefits.


There are many benefits to growing your own food. You’ll be able to save money by not buying produce at the grocery store, and you may even find that you enjoy the process of growing something from seedling to harvest more than just buying the finished product. Not only will you know exactly what’s in your food, but it can also help improve mental health by giving people a sense of control over their environment and offering them an outlet for creativity.


Growing your own food can also have social benefits: sharing with friends or neighbors is easy when it comes right out of your backyard! Plus, learning about where our food comes from is important in today's world - especially when much of our produce has been processed into unrecognizable shapes before being sold at stores (have you ever tried peeling an orange?).


Conclusion


We hope this post has been helpful in getting you to think about the benefits of growing your own food. It’s a great way to better your health and feel more connected with nature. We suggest that you just give it a try! Find something small—a pot of herbs, maybe some cherry tomatoes—and get started as soon as possible. After all, the best time to start is now!

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