10 Reasons to Grow Your Own – Getting Back to Your Roots
If you’ve ever thought about indoor gardening at home but have been a little hesitant, these reasons to grow your own will convince you to go for it. Finally! Something of worth is trending. Growing your own foods at home is all the rage nowadays – and for good reasons. When you cut out the middleman – grocery stores, vendors, and the like – and learn to grow your own at home, you reap a lot more benefits.
But food isn’t the only thing of value you can be growing in your own backyard. You can also grow herbs, teas, and even medicines that are helpful in everyday life. On the whole, growing your own is beneficial in many ways. We’ll touch on a few of them here.
We can’t ignore the most alluring reason to grow your own. The fact of the matter is, food isn’t cheap. Herbs aren’t cheap. Sure, heading to the grocery store and purchasing a head of lettuce may be cheaper up front, but the amount of food you can grow on your own after the initial setup is far greater.
Buying organic at the grocery store is far too expensive. Many people forgo organic eating simply because they can’t afford it. When you grow your own, you’re able to grow what you want, when you want, and completely organically.
It’s FresherDo you know how long the tomatoes you buy at the store are sitting before you take them home and eat them? From the time they’re picked to when they land on your plate for mealtime can vary between 1 to 6 weeks. Weeks. That doesn’t sound very fresh, does it?
If you grow your own tomatoes, you can have them off the plant and on your plate in a matter of minutes. Eating fresher foods is a lot better for you. Not only does fresh
food maintain more nutritional value than food that’s been sitting for weeks, it’s also free of preservatives, waxes, and other harsh chemicals that devalue its nutrition.
You Know What You’re EatingWhen you go to the grocery store and pick up some veggies, you’re getting a lot more than just that vegetable. And no, that’s not a bargain. There are a lot of different chemicals involved in non-organic growing.
As of late, many researches have found that at least 1 in 5 heads of lettuce contained more than the legal limit of chemicals. While those chemicals may keep the insects off that food, you’re still consuming them along with your “healthy” salad. When you grow your own, you know exactly what’s on your food and what goes into your body.
It’s a Valuable Skill to LearnThere’s definitely a learning process involved when you grow your own. You have to know about different soil, which foods you can’t grow near each other, and how to ensure they grow the best under certain conditions. This is a skill that’s crucial to know and many have no idea how to do it. You can take pride in knowing how to grow your own food and live off of what you produce.
It’s Higher Quality
If you want to treat your body right, focusing on the quality of food you’re fueling it with is essential. As mentioned above, the foods you get in the grocery stores are littered with chemicals and preservatives. While they may still be fruits and vegetables you’re eating, the quality is diminished greatly.
The foods, herbs, and medicines you grow your own don’t have any of those. They also retain their nutrients because you’re eating them straight from the garden. Their quality is so much higher.
You Can Grow a Wider Variety
When you grow your own indoors, you can have whatever you want. You don’t have to rely on the grocery store having certain items available or whether or not something is in season. With indoor growing, it’s always in season.
In the warmer months, you can grow your own garden outside. However, colder weather can limit the types of foods you grow outdoors. When you grow your own indoors using specialized growing lights, there isn’t a limit to what you can grow and eat.
You’ll Generally Eat Healthier
Because fresh, organic foods are more expensive in stores, many people avoid buying them and ultimately, sacrifice their health for something more cost effective. But growing organic is actually cheaper when you grow your own. You’ll have more healthy foods readily available and will be more likely to eat those versus the canned or highly preserved foods you buy in stores. You’ll maintain a much healthier lifestyle by growing your own garden.
This point definitely has to be mentioned again. The chemicals used to preserve foods and keep the bugs at bay aren’t meant to be in our bodies. Not only do they negatively affect our health, they’re also bad for the environment.
Studies have shown that although pesticides are meant to be short-lived, they actually linger. Traces are found in the atmosphere, the ground, and even waterways. Just imagine what’s left behind in your body.
Reduces Food Waste
There’s an estimated 30% of food supply that’s completely wasted and filling up landmines. When you grow your own, you waste much less. This is mainly because you eat the food when it’s fresh. Instead of forgetting about those tomatoes in your fridge until they’ve gone bad and you have to throw them out, you just pull them off the plant and eat them when you want to. The foods you harvest fresh also last longer because they haven’t been sitting in a store for weeks on end, either. So you won’t be throwing away food that’s gone bad.
It’s Safer to Eat
By now I hope you’ve gathered that growing your own is not only more convenient, but much safer to eat. The foods and herbs you put into your body should be of the highest quality and that’s what you get when you grow your own from home.
There are countless reasons to grow your own garden. These few benefits just touch on how valuable it is to take the time to learn about indoor growing and how much it can change the way you live.
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