1) The produce tastes better
This is just one benefit of growing your own food. It taste like nectar from the gods. Foods that are picked when they're ripe have more intense flavour and more nutrients than those that are picked early for shipment to your grocery store. You will also tend to eat more fruits and vegetables because they are available to you.
2) Gardening can be great exercise.
You will get healthier in a number of ways. Not only will you end up eating more fruits and vegetables, but you will be getting added exercise. Did you know that you can burn as many calories in 45 minutes of gardening as you can in 30 minutes of aerobics? And, working in the garden reduces stress.
3) Gardening can make you happier.
Spending time outside in nature and gardening can help you maintain a sense of well-being. Gardening also can be a stress reliever and a calming activity.
4) It saves you money.
Your grocery bill will decrease for herbs, vegetables, fruits, bean and legumes or grains, depending on what you grow. It is a great way to save in the spring, summer and fall, depending on what season you are growing in. If you are living in a warm climate, you can have crops all year round.
5) You always have gifts to share.
Not only will you have healthy food at your fingertips you will also have extra to share with your friends and family. If you are entrepreneurial, you might also be able to sell your extra to get a little extra cash, depending on the selling laws in your local government.
6) Children can get involved too.
Children that are part of the growing process are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables. They also show more nutritional knowledge about their food. These children tend to eat a more plant-based diet for the duration of their lives. So it sets up good habits for the rest of their lives and can help reduce chronic disease as adults.
7) It's fun!
If you already garden you know what I mean. If you haven’t started yet, join in the fun. You will be surprised how simple it can be. You can start with a pot or a plot of land. Container gardening works in apartments, too. So there is no reason not to start now!