Yeah, yeah. We’ve all heard a garden is a green, environmentally friendly experience. But stop for a minute and think about why…
1. By growing your own garden, food doesn’t need to be transported hundreds of miles to stock your local grocery shelves with produce. That’s less fuel used, and less traffic on the road = less CO2 emissions.
2. Gardeners are known to compost dead plants, caterpillar eaten leaves, and overripe surplus. This improves the soil and reduces refuse otherwise headed to the landfill.
3. By using that homegrown organic compost in your next garden, it chucks the need for chemical fertilizers.
4. Local produce tastes better. It hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to you, picked green.
5. Growing your own food causes you to become more aware of how food is grown, and therefore what you’re eating.(Hopefully improving your health!)
6. If you’re growing it yourself, you’re more likely to search out a product with a lower impact on the environment.
7. Think of all the packaging you surpass. Packaging otherwise headed straight to the landfill. By not consuming products in packaging, you’re less likely to consume GMO matter, which studies show 70% of commercially packaged food contains.
8. Your garden is an ongoing science project. You’ll be amazed each and every season.
9. By gardening, you’ll automatically connect with other gardeners–learning lessons from their mistakes. Fellow gardeners encourage one another, swap tips, seeds, and seedlings.
10. Because you grew it, you’ll be less inclined to waste it. Canning and drying food will become much more interesting.
- Gardening Obsession (tastelikecrazy.com)
- 37 Things that tell You’re Addicted to Gardening (freshairlover.blogspot.com)
- Potawatomi Traditional Gardener Promotes Growing Healthy Foods To Prevent Diabetes (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Farmers markets go year-round as eat-local trend grows (usatoday.com)
- The Rewards of Eating Locally Grown Food | Health Freedom Alliance (habwwe.wordpress.com)