Vegetables and fruit are rich in nutrients; they produce phytochemicals such as antioxidants, so it’s no surprise that doctors advise you to eat more of fruits and veggies.
You can get a lot of fruits and veggies in grocery shops, but what most people don’t know is, you may not be as fresh as the ones you have in your garden.
There are many reasons to plant your own vegetables — sowing, nurturing and harvesting your fruits, herbs and vegetables give you many healthy benefits. An outdoor space, seeds, water and some time is just what you need to have your vegetables and fruits.
There are many reasons to plant your own vegetables — sowing, nurturing and harvesting your fruits, herbs and vegetables give you many healthy benefits.
It improves your health and wellbeing
There are many health and wellness benefits when you grow your own food. You can get a form of quick exercise when indulge in planting, weeding, and watering your garden. It may seem normal or tedious but these activities make up for the few hours you miss at the gym.
Besides, if you want to spend some time in the sun and breath in fresh air, gardening is one of the healthy ways to do so; it makes you mentally and physically healthy.
When you grow your fruits and vegetables, and eating foods directly from your garden, it reflects on your health, and even your skin starts glowing. In addition, gardening is a way of relieving stress.
You don’t have to worry about pesticide and chemicals
Eating foods from your garden means you are sure of the source; no chemicals involved in cultivating your plants. Besides, if you notice pests’ activities in your garden, there are lots of organic solutions to eradicate pests, and you can call professional pest control to inspect your garden and give you ways on how to prevent pest infestation.
Furthermore, the Environmental Working Group releases a list of Dirty Dozen (TM) each year and the above list includes the top twelve products tested by USDA, which have the highest pesticide stack.
These products include celery, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes and pepper. In other words, you stand a risk of ingesting harmful chemicals to your system. Fortunately, they are the easiest crops to grow without using chemicals in your garden.
You save more when you grow your vegetable
Some vegetables like asparagus are expensive to get, but you can save more by growing your fruits and veggies.
Besides, you gain experience with varieties of vegetables; try using the seeds from last year’s crop collected from the healthiest and most productive open-pollinated plants instead of buying new ones. With time, the varieties adapt to your environmental conditions.
It is more nutritional
Your diet is more diverse and healthy when you grow your own food–packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Foods are always tastiest and the most nutritious at its fresh form. Some foods sold in grocery stores go through a long cycle of processing, packing, and delivering them to the supermarkets.
Also, when shipped, the goods can end up remaining for an extended amount of time in storage or on the shelves before being sold to customers, losing it nutritional value.
Vitamin D, known as sunshine vitamin and gardening are a great way to absorb vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to maintaining healthy bones and teeth, and can protect against other diseases as well.
Growing your own plants helps the environment
Long-distance deliveries are heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Growing your foods would reduce dependence on transportation, which harms the environment.
Foods are always tastiest and the most nutritious at its fresh form. There is nothing like biting in a fresh and juicy ripe tomato plucked out from your own garden.
Less food is being wasted
Organic food waste is America’s second-highest landfill component, and the biggest cause of methane emissions. On your garden, none of the fruits and vegetables harvested goes to waste. Most gardeners do everything they can to eat or preserve all the food harvested from their garden.
Whatever scraps or trimmings they don’t consume are either fed to their farm animals or added to the compost bin for returning as nutrients to the garden once more. It is estimated that 25-30% of food supply is wasted, which is equivalent to more than 20 pounds of food per month each persons.
Growing your vegetables taste better
There is nothing like biting in a fresh and juicy ripe tomato plucked out from your own garden. Also, the taste and texture of tomatoes from a grocery store cannot be compared with one that is freshly picked from a plant that grows in your backyard.
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