We’ve got lettuce & eggs coming out of our ears here at the “farm”. In ways, that you can’t. even. fathom. But in the best way possible. Like a whole new appreciation for the most basics of the food groups.
Which has had me thinking (why don’t more people do this, too?) – the most common reaction I get is – How do you have time to have a garden? Friends, I honestly think it’s just whether or not you chose to make it a priority. And believe me when I say, I have nothing against those that chose not to. In fact, those are the people I can sell our extra produce & eggs to. But for those that are on the fence about it, questioning their ability, time, expertise – I say JUMP! Do it! Learn as you go – you don’t have to be an expert to plant a seed! I can almost guarantee that you wont regret learning something new, possibly providing fresh food for your family, and teaching your family that your food has a history before it shows up at the grocery store.
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Garden!
5) Saving money on your grocery bill! Who doesn’t need a little help in that area?
- By growing your own food, especially from seed – your investment is less than a package of whatever it is that you buy from the store. Plant enough for you, plus a little more – and you can turn around and sell your extra produce (thus reducing your grocery bill) to friends & neighbors! Less than $1 for lettuce seeds has already provided enough lettuce for every meal for the last 3 weeks (saving at least $10 a week at the store), plus we sold $40 of lettuce in one week. #winning
4) Access to the freshest produce possible.
- Commonly, produce can be a week or more “old” before you pick it up from the grocery store. Once you pick it, it then starts the decay process. If it’s not seasonal for your area, it could be even longer before it makes it to the store, and you’re going to pay the price. Fresh food = more nutrients. Have you tasted a ripe tomato from the vine? There is a total difference in flavor, smell and texture with a homegrown vine ripened tomato vs grocery store tomato. I could go on & on forever about this. I’ll stop now 🙂
3) Eating more healthy by having more healthy options available.
- We eat what we have easiest access to. If the produce at the store is less than stellar, we have a tendency to not purchase it. But by having fresh produce on a daily or weekly basis, opens up the mind to new recipes and options for quick meals. Cooking with fresh produce doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated, and sometimes is quicker than opening a box of processed whatever and following the directions to cook it. Fresh tomatoes sliced up over mozzarella and fresh basil topped with olive oil – voila! Boiled eggs can be used in a chef salad, egg salad or tuna salad. Spinach can be sautéed with a bit of coconut or olive oil for a nutrient dense side dish. Fresh onions, cilantro, peppers & tomatoes can be chopped quickly for a tasty Pico De Gallo. Bam! Easy & nutritious.
2) To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. – Audrey Hepburn
- I really, really like this one. Belief in tomorrow, belief in our kids, their future & the future of the world. Teaching our kids that food starts somewhere before the grocery store. That it is time consuming, yet rewarding, and produce doesn’t have to be aesthetically appealing to eat or deliver the nutrients our bodies need. Belief in the simple life, and teaching our children these life skills & hoping that they will in turn teach their kids and so on one day. Despite the threat of hailstorms, droughts, and plagues of grasshoppers – I still plan on having a garden for as long as I live. It’s a glimmer of hope & simplicity when not all is right in the world.
1) Dirt therapy. It’s a thing…don’t judge me.
- For real. Pulling & hoeing weeds, harvesting the produce – seeing the literal fruits of your labor. It’s pretty rewarding. It’s also an amazing time of reflection & conversation with yourself (and Jesus too, if you’re into that). Sometimes you find the answers in the quiet, alone time. Sometimes you don’t. But the good news is, the work is almost never complete in the garden. A garden is the perfect place to let your mind wander & witness tiny miracles.
So what have you got planted this spring? Is it your first time to plant a garden, or maybe a few plants? What are you most excited about or looking forward to? Do tell…and GO!