3 Reasons to Start Your Own Organic Garden
Here’s something we can all agree on: everyone wants the food we eat and serve to our families to be safe and healthy! Yet, despite the repeated warnings and backlash, the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers has increased over the past couple of years. Commercial pesticides and fertilizers contain chemicals that have toxic effects and can cause food poisoning, among other things. As a result of their increased use, people have begun to resort to eating more home grown food. What are the reasons to start growing food in your very own back yard?
Here’s the run-down on the health, ecological and financial benefits:
1. A Healthier You
Having an organic garden is a way of ensuring you take in all the good things that you need, and your food is free of things that can cause you harm (such as the pesticides). When you pick a vegetable from your organic garden you know its fresh! The vegetables bought from supermarkets have a lot of “food miles” and are often weeks old. Aside from this, gardening can be a physically rigorous activity, and can contribute to muscle development and burning of calories! It has been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Besides the physical health benefits, there are a load of mental health benefits that come along with growing your own food. The act of caring for plants and seeing them grow is a positive leisure activity that can reduce stress. The visual sight of gardens is believed to invoke emotions of calm, tranquility and happiness. It can be considered as a form of therapy for our bodies and soul.
Did you know, there is an entire field of study, called horticultural therapy? Horticulture therapy has been developed to help people working through psychiatric disorders find psychological relief.
2. Ecological Impact
Growing food in your backyard requires much less energy than produce from the supermarket. Why? Produce from the supermarket is packaged with plastics and Styrofoam which cannot be recycled or broken down easily. This packaging is totally unnecessary for a home organic garden. Also, produce in the supermarket is typically transported from far distances. The large trucks and equipment necessary to transport the produce pollutes the environment. You might be surprised by the effect even a small vegetable garden can have on your carbon footprint…
Opting for organic fertilizers (like that produced by HomeBiogas) as a substitute for industrial fertilizers is not only good for your health, but also good for the environment! Industrial fertilizers contain chemicals which contaminate both the land and water. On the other hand, organic fertilizers are easily bio-degradable and do not cause environmental harm or pollution.
3. Financial Savings
Are cheaper things better? Not always, but in this case, it’s true! Home organic gardening is a way to cut household costs. Instead of driving all the way to your nearest supermarket or vegetable vendor just to spend more money on expensive fruits and vegetables from the supermarket, why not have instant access to fresh produce? When you grow your own food, there is no middle-man in between you and your veggies. Also, additional money can be made by selling the excess produce in the local farmer’s market.