There are a myriad of reasons to plant edibles in your landscape, but some reasons just stand out. There’s no good reason NOT to grow ‘at least some’ edibles in your landscape.
Get in touch with nature
Today’s busy lives often keep us from experiencing the countryside and the flora that resides there especially for those residing in a city environment. The rewards for planting different species of plants, including edibles, are many. When you plant and grow in your own yard/lawn/flowerbed/garden you’re creating your own little oasis. Who doesn’t love spending time in a green environment, lush with beauty, edibles and nature?
Many people take up gardening as a method of stress relief. When it’s just you and the earth you feel more grounded, less bothered by the turmoil outside your private yard. Just spending some time, outside, in your own green space, surrounded by lush plants, flowers, butterflies and bird life helps you ‘let go’ of your worries and just enjoy the day. Gardening, whether it’s a small potage garden aka a kitchen garden, a balcony of potted plants, or a full blown vegetable garden you’ll often find that time seems to escape allowing you to relax and let the tension drift away in the breeze.
Gardening Saves Money
Having an edible landscape, even a small one, can save you money on your grocery bill. Have you priced fresh herbs? Sure there’s a bit of start up costs to planting seeds or starter plants but the payoff can be immense. There’s nothing tastier than a tomato fresh picked from your own garden. Some folks even keep a covered salt shaker IN the garden just so they can enjoy the bounty right then and there.
Exercise that Doesn’t Seem Like Exercise
Whether you’ve got the whole family out picking produce, or you’re out ‘hoeing a row’ you’ll find that gardening is great exercise. You carry potting mix and compost, you bend, and pull and dig. You will get a workout. That good workout combined with being out in the sunshine and fresh air often means that you will in turn get a good night’s sleep.
You know you need to get your children outside more and away from the videos. Getting your entire family involved in the garden will help create a strong bond as a family unit. There’s something about growing food, carrying for the garden, and finally enjoying the bounty that their efforts created that helps build them for the future. They worked for something and reaped the bounty. Everyone that grew up with a family garden will remember picking that first cherry tomato from the vine, pulling up that first carrot, and Mom’s fried squash. Gardening creates memories.
There are many reasons to grow your own food.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can plant today.