As many of you know, I am a huge advocate of locally grown, organic food. This year, as a result of California’s continued drought, it is likely we will see food prices sore and availability become scarce, which makes this year an especially good year to grown a garden!
You may be thinking, “I don’t know how to garden.” If so, I have a solution!
While I love homegrown food, I am not an expert in gardening. That is why I have teamed up with my fellow blogger Stephanie Rose of GardenTherapy.ca. She has great tips for how to “Turn Your Lawn into Raised Garden Beds.”
If you are still apprehensive, here are four inspiring reasons to grow your own garden this year:
1. Home gardens are the best way to control food quality. When food is homegrown, you know the seed quality, the chemicals used and the condition of the soil.
2. Growing at home increases nutrition. Food is the most nutritious when eaten soon after it has been harvested (picked).
3. Cost savings. Once the initial investment is made, a garden is the gift that keeps on giving. Gardens can be so abundant that canning and freezing may be necessary. Vegetables from the garden can carry you into the fall and winter, creating long-term savings at the grocery store!
4. It is important to connect with the earth and get your hands dirty. There is a theory called the hygiene hypothesis that suggests if you expose yourself to microbes in soil–especially at an early age–your immune system will improve. Gardening has also been linked to improving mental health by relieving stress and boosting mental clarity.
For more information, head on over to Stephanie’s blog @ gardentherapy.ca to learn everything you need to know about turning your yard into a flourishing garden!
Enjoy and happy gardening!