Gardening is becoming an increasingly popular pastime for many consumers. People who have home gardens spend less money at the grocery store and find the hobby both financially and physically rewarding. In addition to these benefits, gardening is a proven stress buster and great activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family. If you do not currently have a home garden you might be surprised just how much fun you can have by digging in the dirt and watching your crops grow. Here we look more closely at the benefits of a home garden.
- Savings- Anyone who does the grocery shopping for the family can attest to the ever growing cost of food at the grocery store. The benefits of eating a well balanced diet are numerous yet many people simply can't afford to spend the kind of money necessary to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the table. Conversely the cost of seeds to plant in your own garden is much lower than buying the finished product at the store. In addition to costing less money, the quality of produce grown in your own backyard is far better than fruits and vegetables that have been trucked across the country. According to a study released by the National Gardening Association, "the average family with a vegetable garden spends just $70 a year on it and grows an estimated $600 worth of vegetables". There are some costs incurred when starting a garden beyond buying seeds, however the savings over the long run certainly outweigh initial start up costs.
- Family time- In the fast paced world in which we live, families are spending less time together enjoying quality time with one another. When we do get time together it is often doing something that costs money. Consider the benefits, not just financial but on other levels of tending a home garden with your children or seniors in the household. Gardening is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. You not only reap the rewards of having better quality food on the table at a fraction of the cost, but you also have "time" to share with loved ones and catch up on much needed talk time.
- Stress buster- Who doesn't need a hobby that relieves stress? Adults and children alike experience higher levels of stress on a daily basis than previous generations. Stress has been directly linked to many physical and emotional ailments. Now imagine how rewarding it would be to have a hobby that is saving you money, connecting family members and reducing stress all at the same time. Even if you have to invest some money upfront to get your gardening supplies and everything needed to maintain your garden, the cost is much less than antidepressants, therapy or other stress relieving habits that cost much more.
As you can see there are several benefits of having a home garden, all of which can save you money indirectly. Spring and summer is just around the corner, so now is the time to consider what you will be planting in your garden this season.