Do you need convincing as to why you should plant a vegetable garden? Then look no further.
Once upon a time, vegetable gardens were an essential part of almost every home. As supermarkets took over and accessibility to vegetables increased, they were slowly phased out. Hardly anymore had a vegetable garden anymore. Nowadays, vegetable gardens are coming back into fashion. More and more people are planting their own veggie gardens, with issues like climate change and sustainability become more pressing.
The benefits of planting your own edible garden are pretty much endless, but if you still need to be convinced, you’re in the right place. At Everlast Services, we love vegetable gardens and here are just a few of our top reasons as to why.
It Can Save Money
The price mark-up of vegetables – especially organic ones – is nothing short of ludicrous. Trying to get your daily five servings of veggies certainly isn’t cheap when buying them from the supermarket. On the other hand, planting your own vegetables can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Packets of seeds, which contain hundreds of seeds, are usually only a few dollars. Alternatively, buying established potted plants – particularly herbs – is also fairly inexpensive. Plus, on the bright side, they’ll provide you with an almost-constant yield of crops.
It Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
Planting a vegetable garden is an eco-friendly decision for a variety of reasons: unlike most vegetables sold at supermarkets, you won’t be contributing pesticides and chemicals into the environment and waterways. You’re also decreasing the amount of fossil fuels used throughout the others stages of getting vegetables from the farm to your table, such as harvesting, transport, and storage.
Vegetable gardens also provide you with the perfect opportunity to start composting, meaning that even your food scraps can have a second life and help to feed your veggie garden.
The Taste is Incomparable
Unlike produce from the supermarket, which often sits in refrigerators or freezers for months at a time and have been sprayed with excessive amounts of chemicals and pesticides, when you grow your own vegetables you know exactly how fresh they are, where they came from and what they’ve been sprayed or treated with.
Not only does this make harvesting your own fruits and vegetables much healthier, but the taste is also unlike anything else. Knowing how hard you worked to get your veggies to grow also makes them taste infinitely better.
Get the Kids Involved
Growing a vegetable garden is a great way to get your family involved in an outdoor activity that carries a lot of valuable lessons. You can teach your kids about how plants grow and what helps them to thrive. You can also instil an appreciation for where their food comes from, and the work that goes into producing it.
In our modern technological era, kids often stay indoors, and on their screens, all day every day. Planting a vegetable garden can provide a beautiful bonding activity and get them outdoors doing some physical activity.
It Can Improve Your Health
One of the primary reasons people put off creating their own vegetable garden is because of the labour involved. Certainly, it’s not an easy task. But instead of looking at it as a negative, think about how it can actually improve your health.
Not only does it provide an incentive to eat healthier, the manual labour required to install and maintain a vegetable garden can help get you into shape. You won’t even realising that you’re exercising. Digging, lifting, planting and weeding all activate different muscle groups.
Green thumbs will tell you—there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of seeing your plants grow from nothing into something you can harvest and eat. Once you see the first sprout of the seed you’ve planted, you’ll be hooked. And trust us, the feeling never wears off.
If you like the idea of starting a vegetable garden but don’t know where to start, Everlast Services can help. We have extensive landscaping knowledge and can help to create your dream vegetable garden, no matter how large or small. We can even tailor your garden to suit your tastes in regard to both your style and the types of veggies you like to eat. Give us a call today for a free measure and quote.