Living naturally encompasses many areas, all of which are great for your physical, mental, and emotional health. To boost your physical health, even more, consider growing your own food. This is a great way to save money, have organic produce available to you, and reduce how much you need to buy from local supermarkets.
Why You Should Consider Growing Your Own Food
Here are some benefits to keep in mind.
You will save money–The first benefit you get from growing your own food is saving some money. The more you can grow on your own, the less you spend at farmer’s markets or grocery stores.
It saves you extra trips to the store–With instant access to produce and herbs that you grow at home, you might not need as many trips to the grocery store. You can work on a meal plan that uses more of what you are growing at home so that your grocery trips are minimal and just need the ingredients you don’t have on hand.
You get organic food–Don’t forget that when you grow your own food; you have complete control over how organic it is. You can grow it without any pesticides or herbicides, allowing you to have the cleanest, freshest food possible.
What You Need to Know Beforehand
Before you begin growing your own food, there are some essential things to be aware of.
It takes time–You do have to be a little patient when you begin your journey of growing your own food and herbs. If you want to use your lavender for medicines at home, prepare to wait a few weeks, but longer for many other herbs and produce.
You need space–You are probably already aware that you need space to grow, either indoors or outdoors, but really think about what this means. Not only do you need space for the plants, but many seeds and plants can’t be grown near others.
Better to start small–Lastly, we want to encourage you to start minimally when growing food and herbs. Choose just a few different varieties instead of attempting to plant an entire garden full of fruits and veggies right from the start. This is a big transition and might change your lifestyle a bit with all the added care and watering.
Tips for Getting Started
Now that you have some background information about growing your own food, here are a few tips to help get you started:
Plants that are easy to grow–If this is your first time growing anything, start with the easiest herbs and plants to grow. This includes strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, onion, and most herbs.
Many plants grow indoors–If you don’t have a lot of space in your backyard, you can grow tomatoes, lemons, strawberries, and even avocadoes right in your home in containers.
The most important thing to remember is researching and planning, starting with easy plants, and going from there.