New blogosphere friend, and fellow green(ish) preggers, Re-Grow Roots recently posted the absolute perfectly concise answer to the question “why garden?”
Save money on food
You can certainly spend a whole lot of money on your garden, but I tend to find almost everything I need for free or very inexpensively. Here at our apartment garden we practice no-till gardening so we use lots of nice amendments to build up our soil. Manure, straw, and compost cost next to nothing. All of our plants are started from seed sourced from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. A packet of seeds goes a long way and most will last for a few years! I also love to have local seed exchanges to get new, different seeds and make new friends.
Connect with your food
The only true way to understand and deeply connect with your food is to grow it yourself! You will gain a deep awareness of the soil, the water, the plants, bugs, animals and all the other life that is flourishing in your garden.
REAL organic food
Many of the codes and regulations of organic food in the United States are totally hypocritical of what we think to be organic… With all their rules and wordy documents, how do we really know what is truly pure? The only way to know your food meets your standards is to grow it yourself, or go to the farm that you are buying your food from!
Daily Dose of Vitamin D
Gardening will take you outside in the warm sunshine! Absorb the rays of the beautiful, life-giving sun and let it fill you up with luscious vitamins! The sun can also ease your stress and lighten up your spirit.
Calm your Mind, Body, and Soul
Our lives can be very hectic these days. Computers, checkout lines, driving cars, and meetings can make my head spin 20 ways at once! When I go outside in the garden, it takes me back to simplicity where life moves slowly and naturally. It brings peace to the mind, body, and soul like a deep meditation.
Have a garden work-day and invite some friends over to share the work and play of gardening! It is so much fun to share the work load with friends and time will fly by! Brew some sun tea for everyone with some of the herbs from your garden and have fun!
Feed the Neighbors
There is no gift I love more than homegrown food, and my neighbors feel the same way! When I knock on my next door neighbor’s door with a big patty-pan squash and a bag of tomatoes, her face lights up and it totally makes her day! Sharing fresh, homegrown food is absolutely rewarding. You can include a little recipe card with your harvested bounty for bonus points!
Local and Sustainable
Eating local food is one of the most sustainable practices each of us can commit to. When we eat local, we eliminate LOTS of harmful fossil fuel emissions from gunking up our atmosphere. Eating food from your own yard is as local as you can get!
Dirt Makes You Happy
Scientists have actually found a strain of bacteria in the soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that triggers the release of seratonin in the brain! So there is literally a little element of the soil that elevates your mood and decreases anxiety! Very cool.
Be the Change
Talking, planning, and protesting may help spread the message, but to truly transform this world we are living in, we just have to DO IT. Take the leap and make a difference in your world by growing your own food.
I especially love that last part – Be the Change – we are all in this together. Definitely getting excited for the growing season – Butch and I will be starting our seeds (AND welcoming our chicks) very soon!
Photo taken of squash in our garden (aka Fort Knox) last season
- Guerilla Gardening – Inspired (entwinedlife.com)
- Eating Local (Even in the Winter!) (transitionkw.wordpress.com)
- What’s on this weekend in Tillie’s garden (tomatotales.com.au)
- A Garden For Non-gardener (nelsontheadventurer.wordpress.com)
- Crunching numbers instead of carrots … or looking at some common assumptions about how much land you need to live on or how much seed you need to store (thesurvivalistblog.net)