Has the idea of growing a home garden ever crossed your mind? After reading this article, we bet you’ll become a big fan of the “grow your own food” movement. Come on, okay, the subject of home gardening is so close to our hearts that we’re not always very objective… But we promise to try to talk to you about it here with detachment and clear-sightedness!
- Home garden and healthy eating.
Planting a home garden is a big step towards improving and changing your eating habits. Having fresh and confident produce at hand, the fun of watching your own vegetables grow convinces many to enter the realm of horticulture. And the pleasure of sharing the harvest, tasting together the explosion of flavors the first time you eat them? This converts new vegetarians every second!
Whoever grows knows exactly what they are eating. Knowing the process from beginning to end and being able to control it is one of the biggest advantages of having a home garden. Not only do you avoid all the chemical treatments most often used in normal food production, but when you eat vegetables that you have just picked, you benefit from all their nutrients. There is no more local, organic or fresh than this. You can eat anything that grows in your garden with your eyes closed.
- More flavor with a vegetable garden.
Fresh vegetables, fruits and aromatic herbs, picked or chosen at the moment will allow you to rediscover incomparable flavors. Prepare yourself for the crunch of lettuce, the melting of cabbage, the spiciness of arugula, the sweetness of strawberries, in short, intense and surprising flavors.
Whoever buys local or organic produce knows that sometimes you have to look at the quality of the products and not their price. Having a home garden means bringing your supermarket or grocery store to your home. There is no better way to save money than by growing your own food!
- Personal development.
Rather than neglecting or punishing problematic teenagers, why not “punish” them with Nature? Give them a thrashing of hope for a fruitful future, a good correction that teaches them about personal development, or consign them to the outdoors? Seeing what we plant grow, sow, care for and pick the fruit and then share it… are lessons that the vegetable garden teaches us for life. If there is a teenager in your home, push him or her out and get your hands in the ground!
- Time for us in the vegetable garden.
Turn off all electronics and board this flight to discover the best that Nature has to offer. The activities in the garden are ideal to help decompress after a day’s work. It’s the place to let your mind wander, clear your head and relax. Even better than meditating, digging, planting, watering!
- Physical exercise
If you’re looking for an antidote to today’s sedentary lifestyle, go back to the roots and plant a home garden! Young and old will have a good reason and motivation to move. Moderate, outdoor, physical activity with tasty rewards that will not only benefit your body, but your mind as well!
- Doing your part for the environment
Planting an organic home garden will not only have a positive impact on your health, but also on the health of the planet. Not to mention the energy and material savings you will generate by avoiding the consumption of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, packaging, food processing and distribution. Urban vegetable gardens can help improve air quality, increase the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce the heat island caused by urban staining.
- Environmental education
Have you ever heard of an educational vegetable garden? It’s a tool that is being used more and more in schools around the world to help the youngest children acquire knowledge ranging from social studies to mathematics. But let’s not forget, especially since children who are in contact with nature today thanks to home gardening are likely to be the environmental advocates of tomorrow. Respecting the environment, choosing sustainable behaviours and learning self-reliance are some of the great lessons that the garden can bring to the little ones.
- Sense of Belonging
Cultivating does not only mean creating links with nature. Vegetable garden activities create opportunities for neighbors to help each other, for colleagues to get together, for family members to get together. There are many examples of social projects or community vegetable gardens that have a real economic and social impact in fragile communities. The effects of a home garden can also be felt on a building or within a building itself.