Health Benefits of Growing Your Own Plants, Herbs, and Vegetables
Many people prefer growing their own plants, due to some of its physiological and environmental benefits. According to the National Gardening Association, 36 million people reported that they grew their own food in 2008, increasing to 42 million in 2013. Also, most households that grow their own food tend to be family units with one or more children. This makes sense. Gardening requires patience and a tender hand; both useful skills for developing children. Not to mention food for those hungry mouths!
If you are in the category that doesn't see any reason why you should grow your own plants, vegetables or herbs, consider this...
Are you ready to embrace better health? Indoor or outdoor gardening gives you that chance! Growing indoors can help you maintain a healthy diet from plants that are cultivated by your own hand which means you know what nutrients and pesticides went into the growth of your crops. Compare to when you buy plants grown for commercial purposes, where you roll the dice on what you get, I say go with what you truly know! When it comes down to it, the food we eat is often grown with chemicals and pesticides. You can't fault farmers since dealing with massive amounts of crops, an infestation or disease could spell disaster. That is what makes hydroponics great. You can do it easily at home!
If you don't have space for outdoor gardening, hydroponics or indoor gardening doesn't have to be sophisticated or expensive; there are systems that are easy to set up and won't break the bank. You don't need to worry about seasons or the outside temperature. Keep it simple and don't over think it, especially when first starting out.
Reduce Exposure to Pesticides
Pests are always a concern, whether you garden indoor or outdoors. You have a choice in pest control when you do your own gardening and can choose an organic, natural approach. Many garden pests have natural enemies and products that won't negatively impact your crop or your environment.
Hydroponics is Fun!
Learning a new skill can be challenging and scary. You might fail at first or the results might not be what you expected. However, you will get better at it and you will enjoy the experience of working with nature and growing your own plants! Seeing your seeds sprout and being an integral part of your plant's growth is worth the time and energy.
I tell people that no one is born with a green thumb. It may take practice and a little bit of patience, but the benefits to your health, your family and the enjoyment of learning a new skill will grow.