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7 Reasons To Grow Your Own Vegetables

Buying organic produce at the store is great, but growing your means you know exactly what goes into them. There are numerous benefits of planting a vegetable garden that outweigh the convenience of buying your fruits and vegetables from the local market. Moreover, there is no parallel to the sheer joy you can get by planting seeds. It’s such a bliss witnessing the growth of bountiful produce. From better health to better flavors, here are seven reasons for growing your own vegetables

Sometimes the best way to get healthy is to start from scratch… and that’s precisely what you can do when you grow your own veggies! Here your reason to grow your power-pack of health.

1) Increased Health Benefits

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Vegetables and fruits you procure from your garden are more nutrient-packed than store-bought ones. The reason is that as soon as the produce is harvested, it begins to lose nutrients and moisture. 

Over time, the stored organic goodness, like carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, breaks down, leading to the degradation and loss of texture of the produce. Therefore, food that travels long distances is substantially less nutritious than the one you source from your vegetable garden. 

Moreover, you have more control over the growing process since you can choose which pesticides and fertilizers you want to use in your vegetable garden. Consequently, you can ensure that you are not adding harmful chemicals to the plants often used in conventional agriculture. 

2) Increased Consumption of Green Produce

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According to studies, households that produce their own fruits and vegetables consume 40 percent more daily compared to families that do not have a vegetable garden. Moreover, you also have a better chance of taking the recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables daily.

The increased intake is due to the simple factor of availability. It’s far easier to go into your back garden and pluck a few greens for a quick salad than to take a trip to the supermarket. Thus, it forces you to make better choices than succumb to the allure of junk food.   

3) Better Flavors

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Often, fruits and vegetables available in grocery stores are the result of controlled hybridization to increase their shelf life.

These fruits and vegetables are also primarily grown in soil depleted of natural nutrients and harvested before they reach their peak ripeness, allowing time for transportation and distribution.

Moreover, the sugars start turning to starch immediately after the produce is harvested, thereby losing its natural sweetness and flavor. All these reasons combine to compromise the actual flavors of the produce.

4) Productive Hobby

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Gardening is a productive yet tedious activity. To grow your own vegetables, you must plant, water, dig, pluck, and clean your vegetable patch. Thus, it is akin to a moderate workout that can burn over 300 calories per hour as you walk, bend, squat, lift, and pull while tending to your garden.

Moreover, you get to soak in vitamin D as you work outside in the sun. Being out in the garden, under the sun, for only thirty minutes daily can promote better sleep, improve your mood, and make you feel more energetic. 

5) Lesser Food Waste

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When shopping at the grocery store, the array of colorful fruits and vegetables can often compel you to buy more than you can consume before they become rotten. Contrarily, growing your own produce means plucking only as much as you can eat, leaving the rest on the plant. The food also remains fresh longer this way. 

Moreover, you should also prioritize growing vegetables that you and your family like to reduce the chances of food wastage. If you still have a surplus of fruit or vegetable, share it with your friends, family, and neighbors to spread the joy of fresh produce.  

6) Environmentally Beneficial

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Less Plastic Waste

The produce you find at supermarkets often comes in plastic packaging, like cellophane bags, plastic boxes, and shrink wraps. As a result, it produces a lot of plastic waste per household that can be easily avoided by having a vegetable garden. While you cannot plant every vegetable in your garden, you can still contribute to reducing unnecessary waste.

Less Carbon Footprint

In the typical setting, the produce is transported from farms to packaging facilities. Then to grocery stores, there is a substantial amount of carbon emission from burning fossil fuels. At the same time, there are no carbon emissions from your vegetable patch! 

Pro Tip: While it is always better to grow your own vegetables, you can also reduce your role in carbon emission by buying only locally produced food. 

Less Water Pollution

Commercial agriculture uses harmful herbicides and pesticides that are washed up in nearby water bodies, which affects marine life. Homegrown food has no such issues as you can use safer chemicals in limited quantities, with less a chance of these ending up in lakes, rivers, and oceans. 

7) Economical

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Another important reason for growing your own food is that you can save money. Apart from the initial gardening supplies, such as the soil, an irrigation system, tools, etc., it is pretty economical to maintain a prolific vegetable garden.  

The price of seeds is far less than what you would typically pay for fruits and vegetables in the market. Moreover, the running cost of a vegetable garden, such as fertilizers, water bills, and other maintenance costs, doesn’t break the bank. It is only a fraction of the price of store-bought produce.

Benefit the Planet, Benefit Your Health

Growing your own vegetables is a rewarding activity that provides you with the most delicious result. The many health and environmental benefits is enough to motivate you to start your own vegetable garden today!

Are you a proud owner of a beautiful vegetable garden, or are you excited to start one now? Share below in the comments.  

 

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