5 Benefits of Growing Your Own Organic Garden
Organically grown fruits and vegetables taste better, and that means that the whole family will enjoy eating them more. Children love to help in the garden, and those who participate in producing organic foods are likely to enjoy a more varied and balanced diet. Eating more fruits and vegetables is easy when they have great taste, are fresh, crisp, and recently picked from the vine, tree, or plant. There is nothing like the smell released when harvesting something to open up the appetite. Growing your own organic food also ensures that the foods you are eating are fresh and in season. Everything tastes better when it is allowed to ripen naturally in its proper growing time. Modern production techniques and transportation possibilities have accustomed us to being able to eat what we want when we want it. But, this has a huge cost. Transported products are often picked unripe and artificially ripened,and so lack their true taste.
The health benefits of organic gardening are enormous. Firstly, you can be sure that your food is free from potentially damaging pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. Also, organically grown produce contains more vitamins and minerals than their mass-produced counterparts. Gardening is also a great way to exercise. All that digging, weeding, kneeling and bending is sure to get you in shape. Additionally, cultivating an organic garden will get you outside, breathing fresh air, and getting your full dose of Vitamin D from the sunshine. Cultivating an organic garden is also good for your mental health and connects you with nature. Italso provides a perfect opportunity to learn new skills, such as cooking and making preserves and to expand your knowledge. It also produces a very healthy feeling of satisfaction when you are sitting down to a delicious meal produced by your own work.
Environmentally friendly and ethically sound
Having your own organic garden means that you are not contributing to the destruction of the soils and water sources with the use of chemicals and pollutants. This also benefits may birds, small animals and benevolent insects.Additionally, many commercially grown products are packaged excessively in materials which are potentially harmful to the planet.Growing your own also makes you more aware of waste and composting organic material. Finally, in some parts of the world commercial crops are grown, and especially harvested, by a migrant labour force who lack decent housing, access to medical attention and fair wages. By growing your own produce,you can be sure that you are not contributing to the suffering andexploitation of another human being.
Growing your own food costs far less than buying it.Most shops put a luxury item price tag on organic produce. Starting a garden involves some expenses, but in the long run, growing it yourself is MUCH cheaper. Also having an abundant supply of fresh fruits and vegetables makes it easy to eat more of these things so reducing the money spent on purchasing other foodstuffs.
Producing your own food makes you less dependant on others. In times of crisis, having a personal food supply could even save your life. But, what if you live in an urban environment and don’t have a garden? Converting used shipping containers is becoming an increasingly popular way to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables, and urban gardens are springing up in cities around the world. A container provides a sturdy, sealed environment which is ideal for organic growing. Not only that, a much higher yield and faster production is possible by making use of modern technology. These container farms use hydroponics, which requires 90-percent less water to produce a crop than traditional farming. With Led lighting, CO2, nutrient, temperature and airflow control, these container farms are making growing your own healthy produce in urban areas a reality.
Johanna Cider is a writer based in New Zealand, with experience writing across a range of topics including home improvement, design and lifestyle. You can read more of her work on her Tumblr.