Five Biggest Reasons to Garden
Teaching your Kids about nature
Teaching kids to care for something over time, to nurture and care for something is teaching them to become better human beings. Not to mention it usually isn’t difficult to convince children to get in the dirt and play and get dirty. Most children aren’t exposed to how or where their food comes from. Many don’t even know the basics of where food comes from. In a world dominated by technology we have lost the connection between nature, food and what it means to care for the earth
I took such joy in watching my own children take a seed, place it in the ground and learn that with care and attention they could actually grow the seed into an actual plant they could then eat. It is rewarding to see them make the connection.
Help save the Bees
David Suzuki says that most people think that bees are “out there’ in parks and wilderness areas “But bees, our most important pollinators, love to live in urban settings where there are short flight paths, and a variety of different plants and flowers to sample. In fact, bees are more likely to thrive in your backyard, community or patio garden, and on mixed farms than on acres devoted to single crops.”
He confirms that we can help make a bee friendly environment with a garden. Some tips he suggest are:
Build a bee house
Provide nutritious bee food
Bees eat two things: nectar (loaded with sugar, it’s a bee’s main source of energy) and pollen (which provides proteins and fats).
Make a bee bath
Go here for his full information on these ares of how you can help.
Create a welcome place for bees
- All creatures that eat plants (including humans!) depend on pollinators.
- ¾ of the foods we eat — fruits, nuts, vegetables, and herbs — need pollinators to reproduce.
- Creating hospitable homes for beneficial insects in your garden means they are less likely to move into your house.
- You’ll triple the yield of fruit and veggies in your garden — no more lumpy strawberries or shrunken squash!
- Even what seems like a small contribution — just a tiny flower pot or patch — can provide valuable pollinator habitat.
After all without pollinators like our food source is at risk and personally I like my food.
Lower your Grocery Bill
The prices of fruits and vegetables have skyrocketed over the years. Just look at the price of Cauliflower over the past year. By putting some time and effort towards a garden can help save money on the weekly grocery bill. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the going retail price per pound for tomatoes is $1.77, while yours only cost about 25 cents.
Good for you, mentally and physically
I loved playing in the dirt as a child and I think as an adult I love the act of gardening because it brings back memories from when I was a child. Getting my hands and knees dirty brings a smile to my face. Finding worms in the garden, and making little signs for each plant is something I have come to look forward to. Crafting and digging in dirt definitely resonates with my inner child.
My yard isn’t large and I have only one raised bed where I grow tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and beans. It’s not huge but it is satisfying and it forces me to get out and enjoy the little nature I do have in my backyard.
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