Earlier this month, I was crowd sourcing on Instagram about questions people have about gardening. I decided that since there were so many questions that people had and truly didn’t know the answer to that I would start a Gardening series here on the blog.
One of the biggest things that a potential new gardener should ask themselves, is if gardening is a good fit for them, especially before you begin. Gardening is a lot of hard work, but it is definitely worth it . Look through the reasons I have listed below and see if it trips your trigger to dive into vegetable gardening.
5 Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden
1. Learning Something New: I am a seasoning gardener and each year I plant, weed, harvest, and preserve I am always learning some new tip or trick. Gardening is an ongoing learning experience and if you think you have it mastered, the garden usually lets you know you don’t.
2. You Know Where Your Food Comes From: When you grow your own food, you not only have a grocery store at your disposal, but you know where it came from, how it was grown, what chemicals (if any) have been used, and you can eat it with a clear conscience.
3. Saving Money: When you grow your own food, you are usually only out the cost of the plant and/or seed. Some gardeners like to have a more elaborate set up, however no matter which route you take you will be saving money and have delicious and beautiful produce to show for it. In addition, if you are like me, and tend to over plant, you can always sell your leftovers, or preserve them through canning, freezing, and dehydrating.
4. Exercise: Gardening is a great form of exercise. It’s not like you can skip it, like you can the gym. There is always work to be done such as weeding, watering, planting, harvesting, etc. Depending on the size of your garden and how much time you spend in it, you can give yourself a daily workout.
5. Dirt Therapy: I use this term to describe the time I spend in the garden. When I’m in the garden it is my time to think, work through emotions, and just generally clear my head. Time in the garden also tends to be quite solitary as no one wants to weed through it with me, ha. The therapy also comes in handy when you are able to be proud of your harvest accomplishments.
If any of this sounds good to you, then stick around this week for another installment in the gardening series. The topic will be How to Get Started Gardening. If you have any gardening related questions, please feel free to add them in the comments, come to my Facebook Page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org