The bleak winter months are coming to an end and spring is fast approaching. As spring gets closer, the idea of planting a garden should be in the fore front of your mind. Planting a garden is a good way to eat healthy vegetables and a great way to save money in the summer months.
Why Should You Consider Planting a Garden?
A garden isn’t just a way to help you save money on produce. There are many other benefits from growing a garden. Here are some from extension.org:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are higher in nutrients than those bought at the store. They don’t have to travel thousands of miles to make it to the supermarket shelf.
- Working in your garden is a great form of physical exercise.
- Teaching your children to garden and having them help can increase the chance that they will eat more fruits and vegetables.
- The amount of pesticide is reduced making the produce healthier to you.
The benefits of planting a garden aren’t just nutritious, but also help foster a new appreciation for hard work and help teach your children about nature. It also creates memories and bonding for your family.
Don’t Spend too Much Money Up Front
Since the most obvious benefit of gardening is saving money on your grocery bill, be aware when planning your garden that you don’t go overboard. The costs of a garden can add up quick. Horticulturist Cindy Haynes explains that when planting a garden you must find ways to limit the cost you put into your garden and maximize the yield produced. Haynes suggests a variety of ways to help optimize your gardening experience.
- Only plant vegetables you like to eat
- Choose vegetables that can be easily stored or preserved
- Plant vegetables that are expensive to buy at the store
- Have a plan in mind before you start planting
If you aren’t careful, your tomatoes coming from your garden could end up costing you a fortune. Start small, with what you can handle and watch for ways to increase your garden without the extra cost.
Anyone Can Have a Garden – No Matter The Space
You don’t have to have acres and acres of land to have a garden. Anyone, in any situation, can have a garden if they want it bad enough. Using containers to plant your garden is one way to enjoy fresh produce if space is limited. The University of Maryland extension explains container gardening has its own benefits. There is no tilling or digging, it is essentially weed free and it is inexpensive to get started. Using containers to garden allows for any location to be used – from window boxes, balconies, concrete pads or any part of the yard. Gardening in containers also allows you to be in better control of the elements. If your backyard is too shady or too sunny, or the elements where you live are too dry or wet, using a container can help ensure you reap the benefits of your garden by moving the container around when needed.
Planting a Garden Is a Growing Trend
You are not alone if you want to plant a garden. According to the Garden Writing Association, in 2014 there were among 75 million US households doing some type of gardening. Of those households, 44% grew their edible plants in the ground, while another 15% used containers. Another 32% of the households did both container gardening and ground gardening. GWA forecasted that 58% of consumers plan to plant a garden in 2015.
There is a benefit of saving money on your grocery bill, but gardening is one way to ensure your food is less chemically enhanced and healthier for you and your family. Planting a garden doesn’t have to be hard or a lot of work. Make a plan of what type of garden works best for you and enjoy the benefits of fresh produce.