New year’s resolution: 10 reasons to grow your own

With a new year come… new year’s resolutions! If your wishes for the new year include to improve your health and wellbeing (and your family’s), make a environmentally sound gesture and save some money… look no further! You just need to start growing your own food, start a small garden of your own.

 

Here are 10 reasons to start gardening:

1 Fresh and tasty food at your doorstep

There is no better feeling than to step out to your garden (or balcony) and pick up a couple of things to make a meal. It really does taste better!

2 Out and about: your garden is your outdoor gym

Gardening keeps you fit. Planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting and other tasks will keep you active all year round.

3 Zero miles food, 100% local

Emissions over the entire food cycle, including production, consumption, and transport add up to an important chunk of the greenhouse effect and therefore climate change. A simple step like producing some of the food you eat is a step in the right direction.

4  Budget friendly, best ROI around

Gardening can help you save money. At the same time as you are eating fresh, organic, and seasonal produce, you are reducing the cost of your grocery bill. This blogger made the numbers. Make sure you start small to keep your costs down.

5  Community pantry: share your surplus produce

Ever heard or the zucchini glut? Well, it happens to most gardeners in the middle of summer, when they harvest more zucchini than they know what to do with. (It happened to me too). This is when you share your gardening surplus with the family, friends and community, creating and maintaining those important ties. You can also donate to your local food bank and similar initiatives.

6  Free therapy: chill out with your chillies

This is not just happy talk. Gardening can help cure depression, according to recent research. Getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase your serotonin levels – thanks to contact with soil and a specific soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae.

7  Fair recompense: enjoy the fruit of your labour

Quite simply, enjoying your fresh vegetables after a good gardening session is priceless. And if you have kids, it can show them an invaluable lesson about effort, patience and reward.

8  Landscaping: create a scenery in your backyard

We are in the “No Mow” team on this one. A live and luscious garden beats a manicured lawn any time. Plus is so much better for the bugs and bees!

9  Break new ground: cultivate your garden & your mind

Trying new things, getting out of your comfort zone, it’s never easy. But learning new things can have innumerable benefits, as this New Yorker article suggests.

10  Get down to earth, sync with nature

There was a time when I use to say: “Uff, it’s so hot today!”. Nowadays it goes like:  “Uff, it’s so hot today! Will the spinach be ok?”. Gardening makes you more aware of the environment, the weather, the bugs, etc. It also makes you appreciate even more the hard work of small farmers who respect nature and bring you their best produce to your local market.

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Any thoughts? What are your new year’s resolutions this year? What are your gardening plans and goals?

 

Happy gardening in 2015!