One of my fondest memories of growing up is being outside at my grandparent’s house picking snap peas from my grandmother’s garden, snacking as I go and not being much help. As simple as that sounds, it is one of those memories I will always treasure. Because of that, I have always wanted a garden of my own. There are a ton of benefits to having and taking care of a garden and I do believe that everyone should have one. Even if it’s a little one on your apartment balcony, it is still possible.
The first obvious reason? It saves you money. Having a garden of your own is a great way to save on your fruit and vegetable purchases. I bet there are quite a few things you buy at the grocery store each week that you could easily grow on your own, such as tomatoes, green onions, snap peas, green beans, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, and spinach. There are also a ton of fruits you can grow like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon. However, this does depend on where you live. Unfortunately, I live far north and fruit is a lot harder to grow as we don’t have many summer months. With that being said, I have definitely cut my grocery bill in half from having a garden.
Secondly, gives you a hobby. Having a garden gives you a chance to get outside and spend some time caring and keeping your garden healthy. I find it very relaxing when I go outside to plant seeds, deal with the weeds, or even just water everything. Nothing like being outside in the fresh air to give you an energy boost!
Third, you know what you are getting. For most people, they aren’t sure how the fruit and vegetables they got at the store were grown. A lot of them are sprayed with chemicals as they grow and aren’t as healthy as you may believe. But when you eat from your own garden, you know it is healthy and organic food that you are providing for your family.
Next, you can unleash your creativity. The best part about gardening for me is the creative aspect of it. I love to design the layout of my garden and where certain things will go. You’d be surprised how amazing gardens can actually look.
Starting a garden is quite easy as well. Your first step should be to make sure you have an area in your yard to start one with lots of healthy soil, or go to your local gardening store to buy a nice tub for your balcony garden. Then head out and buy the seeds for the specific items you want to grow. This should be done in the spring months as it gives the fruit and vegetables enough time to grow before winter hits. Then just sit back, take care of your garden and watch it grow. Some things grow faster than others, you’ll quickly find out depending on where you live.
Overall, having your own garden has nothing but positive benefits and it can be something you start to do as a family activity. You’ll be surprised with how much you look forward to those garden veggies every night!