1. You Know Exactly What You Are Eating
By growing your own fresh vegetables, you know exactly what went into producing them. You were the one to fertilize, water, and nurture the plants. When buying vegetables from a supermarket there is really no way of knowing how, or where, they were grown. There could have been harmful pesticides and fungicides used during the raising of those vegetables.
2. Growing Your Own Vegetables Is Cost Effective
Produce prices are steadily increasing, and that is even when crop supplies are at normal levels. If a certain vegetable has a bad season, prices can quickly double, or even triple (remember the bananas at $11/kg after cyclone Yasi?).
By growing your own vegetables, then preserving them, you could potentially save a significant amount on your food bill.
3. Gardening Improves Your Health
Growing a garden offers many emotional, physical, and mental benefits. Spending time in the garden can help to relieve stress, and increase your overall activity level.
Producing your own foods can also encourage your family to eat more wholesome and nutritious meals. Vegetables typically grown in a home garden are far more nutritious and flavoursome than those purchased in a store.
4. Reconnect With Family and Friends Through Gardening
Growing a vegetable garden does not have to be a solo act. Get your whole family involved by growing vegetables that your kids will like. Give them a few plants to grow for themselves. You will have a great time watching their excitement when their plant produces its first bloom, and then the first fruit.
You can also share your gardening with friends that may have gardens. Share gardening hints and tips with each other and get into food swaps with excess produce.
5. Growing Your Own Vegetables Is Very Rewarding
Nothing can give you a better sense of accomplishment than growing your own vegetables. You are using your hard work to produce better meals for your family. Enjoying a fresh salad with the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes that came from your garden will make it all worthwhile.
Vegetable gardening is a win-win situation that can change your life for the better!