Reasons why you should grow your own food
Spring is knocking on our door. Our plum tree is excited as we are and full of blossoms. That eagerness reminded me of some dormant seeds that are patiently waiting in my cupboard for their turn. So it was time to get them out and to write a post about why you should grow your own food too – at least some of it.
We are all together on this spaceship called Earth. And one reason why you and I are still cruising along is because we eat every day — besides drinking and breathing. If you watch the TV series “The Walking Dead” you know that a sudden stop in food supply could turn quickly into a very nasty situation, which leads me to my first point, why you should grow your own food.
It’s THE most super important skill
Your high-school teacher didn’t make sense when he tried to explain, regardless of the subject, that the knowledge you gain in school will come handy once you hit middle age. Wasn’t he right? These crossword puzzles are so much easier when you know letters, aren’t they?
However, gardening was not taught when I was in school, because everyone had a garden at home or at least a farmer in the neighborhood or family. So if you weren’t taught either way, it’s time to catch up. Don’t leave the most ancient element and power of survival to a small number of large corporations and distant jumbo-farms.
You’re actually shaping a prosperous future
You might not be aware of this but our off spring is copying us. Children learn by imitating adults. And do you really want them to believe that the only place where you can get food is the supermarket or the restaurant? Or that we rely on the above mentioned large food corporations and jumbo-farms for nourishment?
I don’t have to mention that kids probably eat broccoli when they grow broccoli themselves?
It’s fresher, healthier, tastier and saves you money
Low-nutrient, low-quality boxed food is killing us. Boxed food has only one purpose and that is to make money, not to feed and nourish people.
You are saying you already reduced boxed food from your diet and eat kale every week? Then what terrifies you more? The possible shortage of kale or paying $4,50 for a bunch of green leaves? I planted ten kale plants last year and was eventually praying for an end of kale season, which never came by the way — to the rapture of my friends.
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You are a perfectionist when it comes to shakeology and only the best stuff makes it into your drinks? Then this should be true for the mint in your mojito, the strawberry that lodges on the glass rim or the cucumber slice that floats in your classic Gimlet. Only if you have fostered it yourself, you know what has touched it.
It will make you proud
You will be delighted with your veggies and you will guard them like a brood hen hatching chicks. This is a great virtue to have. Life often puts us in situations where we get the feeling that we can’t accomplish great things. Growing some of your own food will change that in a hurry.
The bacteria in dirt make you happy
You might think of yourself as an individual but you actually consist of more bacteria than human cells. These little critters, mostly in your gut, are essential to your immune system and mood hormones. That’s why we benefit of being exposed to the microorganisms of soil.
You will inspire change and live more sustainable
If by now you haven’t given your basil plant on the windowsill a name, you will soon, believe me. You will also think twice about food that goes to waste, especially when it was raised under your labor. Your strata council will love you for being a role model and saving them disposal money.
You also will have second thoughts about how much pesticide – if any – you will put on your growing veggies. Your neighbors will invite you to dinner to lurk your green thumb secrets out of you. You will also reduce food miles, which creates awesome karma. Nature will pay you back with nourishing and flourishing produce.
You need a “How to grow your own food” guide? Well, I had the same question so I asked my grandfather about his secrets after about 75 years of gardening experience. He looked at me with curious eyes and then he waved his hands. “Just put the seed into the soil, water it and it will grow.”
And he was right. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Grow your own food should be fun.
So don’t complicate things. Just do it, follow your instincts, enjoy the journey and learn your lessons. That’s all what life is about.
Not convinced? You need more reasons why you should grow your own food? Then find more reasons here: Why you schooled grow some of your own food on your balcony.7 Reasons why you should grow your own food by Tanja Knapp