Looking for a way to help your family stay in shape, lose weight, get outside more, and actually have a good time doing it? If you said yes, then you need to seriously consider taking up home gardening. Growing your own food gives you a sense of pride, it gets you outside and active, it gives you easier and cheaper access to healthy foods and it gives you time to be together as a family.
There is a certain feeling of accomplishment that comes with growing, preparing, and eating your own food. Salads taste better when it’s made with the vegetables you have tended to yourself. Seeing something grown from seed sand tiny plants to the final delicious product on your plate gives everyone- adults and children alike- a sense of pride in that accomplishment.
In a day and age where obesity runs rampant in children and adults, getting outside and being active is one of the best ways to fight this growing problem. Tending to a garden of any size takes time and work- each and every day. Getting into the fresh air, working the ground, weeding, watering, pruning, and harvesting are all chores that must be done to ensure the garden’s success but each of these can be fun and can lead to another added benefit- a healthier more active you!
Anyone who has shopped for fresh fruits and vegetables knows how expensive they can get. Why not trade in a little time out of every day to tend the garden and in return you get healthier much cheaper food for your family to enjoy. It is more likely that you and your family will eat healthier when it doesn’t cost you as much for the healthy food. So grow some of your own and give your family that healthy kick start they need.
The final and perhaps best benefit of home gardening is having time together as a family. Working in the garden, sharing in family talk time, and enjoying this beauty of the outdoors together are just one more benefit of starting your own family garden. Whether big or small the benefits of getting the family together, united over this common goal, will help build and strengthen the family ties.
So what are you waiting for? Whether its tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, or any other delicious choice, start your garden today and start enjoying all the benefits it can bring!