Benefits of growing your own food

person holding fresh harvested carrots

Think about it: How many vegetables are wrapped in multiple layers of plastic, transported long distances, and grown using chemical pesticides. Most of the fruits and vegetables on store shelves are responsible for causing significant environmental damage, and we face an ethical dilemma every time we buy them. But there is one solution to help you take personal responsibility for all of these issues – grow your own food! 

I wrote about it also in this post https://thegardenersrest.com/look-at-your-garden-from-a-new-perspective/.

There are many reasons why maintaining your own vegetable garden can provide both personal and environmental benefits. While the success of such a venture depends a lot on how much time you can devote to it, it’s hard to deny that the benefits of growing your own food justify the hours spent planting, watering, and weeding.

Control over the use of pesticides

Taking sustained action to protect these insects is critical – not least because global food production depends on the pollination of crops by bees. You can grow organic products without the use of harmful chemicals. To aid the further breeding of bees, you can plant bee-friendly flowers in another part of your garden.

Reducing your carbon footprint

An additional ecological benefit of a vegetable garden is that it allows you to eat foods that do not require transportation. Of course, thanks to transportation, we have access to food that can only be grown under certain conditions, but the energy needed to transport these goods makes a significant contribution to climate change.

No need for plastic

Almost everything is packed in plastic these days – and even many organic foods. While many organizations have begun to take action to reduce the use of plastic, the need to keep fruits and vegetables fresh, especially when they have to be shipped around the world, still makes it difficult to eliminate plastic packaging altogether.

Products grown in your own vegetable garden arrive in your hands completely fresh and do not need plastic packaging. Do you also know that you can cook fresh vegetables on the grill.

Another environmental plus from caring for your own garden is the reduction of food waste. Instead of sending uneaten fruit and vegetable leftovers to a landfill, you can compost and use that compost to improve the soil in your garden, creating a circular system that reduces waste.

Improving mental health and well-being

Gardening is a great way to deal with stress and anxiety, as fresh air and exercise are beneficial for people suffering from mental health problems. And a variety of tasks – from planting seeds to harvesting – will increase your daily activity.

Growing your own food is not an easy task, but information on where to start and how to complete it is easy to find in the literature and the Internet.

If you do not have the ability or desire to grow vegetables outdoors, you can try growing some types of plants at home. Just a balcony or a sunny windowsill is enough! Buy some pots, some seeds, and start experimenting.

I also wrote about eggs in this post and how they can have a positive effect on your life.

James Motley

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