Importance of a home garden
There are so many benefits of having a home garden including environmental and health. You don’t really need to be in the village or own 10 acres of land to grow beautiful flowers and fresh veggies. Home gardens take on many forms, from a few plants in containers to large garden plots in the backyard. Home gardens also increases the value of your house as researched using data of homes .
Control over Inputs
Growing your own food gives you complete control over the chemicals and products used during the growing process. Organic produce typically costs more at the grocery store, but you can grow your own organic fruits and vegetables at home by skipping the chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
A home garden allows you to pick the produce when it is ripe, unlike produce at the store that is often harvested before it is fully ripe. The flavor and quality of the freshly picked produce from a home garden is superior to store-bought produce with unknown chemicals that was likely picked several days or weeks before being sold.
All that digging, planting and weeding burns calories and strengthens your heart. Gardening also reduces depression and anxiety helping you concentrate on things that matter. Gardening as a very healthy hobby that helps you build your self esteem and increases your productivity. Lastly eating healthy organic vegetables that you have grown yourself is better than buying other veggies that have been sprayed with pesticide and fertilizers. You can have a small garden even in your rental.
Helps people recovering from addiction
Horticultural therapy has been around for millennia, so it probably won’t surprise you to learn that working with plants is part of many addiction recovery programs.
In a study people in an addiction rehabilitation program were given an opportunity to participate in natural recovery, where they were allowed to choose either art or gardening as their natural therapy. People who chose gardening completed the rehab program at a higher rate and reported a more satisfying experience than those who chose art.
Brings family and community together
School gardens, family gardens, and community gardens are sprouting everywhere. The reason these small local gardens are flourishing may have as much to do with human interaction as it does with the produce.
Working in a garden with people of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds is a way to expand both what you know and who you know.
Care for our Environment
When it comes to waste, home gardens stand in stark contrast to supermarkets. From the farm to the supermarket, there is waste at every level. Being aware and informed of what causes waste does not mean that we’ll be able to eliminate it entirely, but it does mean that we can choose to make better choices about managing and reducing waste. When we choose to home grow vegetables and herbs, we make an active choice to reduce farm and supermarket waste and pollution – from food loss to plastic packaging and pollution caused by transportation and distribution networks.