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Do you garden? Have you ever grown your own food? .
Having a garden provides so many benefits. And I am not just talking only for those who have a huge yard with ample space, and rows upon rows of vegetables. .
Growing your own food can look like that, but it can also look like pots on your front steps or patio, a small raised garden, or even having your own plot in a community garden. .
So what are some of the benefits? Gardening is beneficial to your physical and mental health due to natural movements through watering, weeding, harvesting, and more. You are getting the benefits of being outside in nature. And research shows that handling soil is good for our health. Finally, gardening is what I like to call a 'non-traditional meditation'. It is one of those activities that requires you to focus only on the task at hand and be in the present moment. .
And then of course there are the food benefits such as:
-fresh, nutritious food directly from your garden to the table -a connection to the earth, an understanding of where our food comes from
-save money on produce -you control what pesticides or herbicides are used (if any, but preferably not)
-save on waste via food packaging
-reducing emissions (the average food item travels approx 1500 miles farm to table)
Even more, there are community benefits such as:
-not to be captain obvious, but connecting with your local community! From joining gardening groups on FB, sharing gardening tips, seeds, or equipment with neighbors, to sharing extra produce with friends, family, workplace, neighbors, or community members, there is so much community connection to share. .
Doesn't all this sound amazing! What if I told you that you could experience all these benefits and more by creating your own vegetable garden in ANY sized space, and keep your efforts as low waste as possible?
I wrote a guide that is so large I honestly should have made it into an e-book (seriously, it is pushing 10,000 words) on how to do just that. .
Check it out - link in bio! And feel free to tag a friend who may be interested in gardening as well! Now is a perfect time to start seeds inside (the most budget and waste friendly option).