There are so many reasons to garden. Just watching the little green shoots grow can inspire you to try more the next year.
I’m a big believer in gardening, even if it is just a few flowers and a tomato plant on the patio. My husband and I have been drawing out vegetable gardens on graph paper to plan where and how much of everything to plant since before we were married. We were big dreamers then and still are now 😉
Even if your small attempt at gardening is something you have never done or seen done, it is wonderful to see the effort of your hands turn into something that you can enjoy watching grow or enjoy together at the kitchen table.
5 Reasons I Garden
1. Self-Sufficiency and Money-Savings
This is why many people have a garden, and indeed it is a good one. With fuel and food costs going up annually, and crop problems around the world, being able to produce food in your own backyard is a wise investment of time and energy.
You will be more self-sufficient, and the resources that are freed up from buying food can help meet your other financial or preparedness goals.
2. Improved Health and Relieving Stress in the Garden
Health is my current big reason to get outside in the soil. It is a joy to know just what it is that you are putting in your body – hit the delete button on all the added chemicals and genetic modifications. Fresh air, sunshine, exercise, even sweating out some of our bodies toxins can help us get a good night’s sleep and be physically renewed. There is also much evidence that ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding‘ can build up our immune systems and eradicate chronic inflammation.
Gardening is a recognized therapy for depression. I have always felt so much better after a few days of work in the yard or garden. I have so much more mental energy during the summer, and I attribute it to working out of doors.
3. Good Quality Food
It is just hard to beat homegrown produce when you don’t use chemicals!
4. Awareness of The Creator’s World
Today’s world is going a million miles a minute. Electric lights telling our bodies it is day time all the time and there are artificial sounds everywhere. Suddenly, when you garden, you notice where the sun is and how that translates to time. You start to see the subtle differences in soil, and actually appreciate that a wriggly worm is actually your garden helper. You become aware of God’s creativity and beauty when you commit to being a gardener.
If you are anything like me, you will probably see this awareness spill over into other areas of your life. Your family’s smiles start to mean more as you become more aware of the passing of another year. Each rain and each sunshine have their own special joy. I feel so alive in Christ as I worship in my quiet nature space.
5. Community Garden
There is often camaraderie in gardening. Even the smallest child will love to pick up a spade and dig or carry the watering can for you. Suddenly you might find you have a new common goal with your husband. And once you harvest that wonderful, fresh produce, you will be able to share with friends to show your love and build goodwill.
I love the practicality and fun of a community garden, sharing garden space and trading seeds.
Bartering can become a new avenue to saving.
Interactive Kitchen Garden Planner
There are several garden planning software you can purchase. However, I found a very good free online vegetable garden planner at the Gardener’s Supply Company website.
Gardener’s Supply’s interactive planner —> https://www.gardeners.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Gardeners-Site/default/KGP-Design
Even if you are not a gardener, below is a neat little video on how to use the planner.
Consider making it a ‘game’ for your younger children to use this tool. You never know but it may spark a budding gardener.
In our garden, we built 4′ x 8′ raised-bed boxes, and here are is materials list and the plans.
Here is a handy soil calculator to find out how much soil you will need for a given space.
Here’s a Vegetable Encyclopedia.
Also, check out how do do Urban Straw Bale Gardening.
“Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.” ~ Genesis 2: 8
“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” ~Robert Brault
“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” ~Hanna Rion