With only 3 weeks left of winter (per the Groundhog) it’s time to start gardening. Even if you don’t have a green thumb or don’t even know where to begin, there are many benefits to starting your own garden. It’s honestly ne of the most rewarding activities you and your family can enjoy together. Besides being able to enjoy delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs from your own backyard, growing your own food positively impacts your health, your family, the environment and most importantly your wallet.

Good for your wallet. Planting your own fruits and vegetables are an economical way to save money. A recent study released by the National Gardening Association “that found the average family with a vegetable garden spends just $70 a year on it and grows an estimated $600 worth of vegetables.” By freezing, drying and canning your fruits and vegetables, you can extend the savings beyond the growing season.

Good for your health. Gardening helps you to eat more fruits and vegetables compared to not gardening.  Gardening helps you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. When you harvest your own food, you are able to pick and choose when your food is ready. Vegetables that ripen in a garden have more nutrients then vegetables from a store because they have to be picked early not allowing the vegetables to ripen naturally. Gardening also is good exercise and helps get your blood moving.

Good for the environment. Gardening helps reduce your carbon footprint and gives back to the environment. When you garden you help reduce fossil fuels that are being used to transport fruits and vegetables to your local grocery store. By planting your own fruits and vegetables you are able to pick and choose what pesticides will and will not come in contact with your food compared to buying fruits and vegetables from the grocery store.

Want to start gardening? Check out our post on starting your own compost pile here.