Intro to Gardening
There’s something about gardening that makes me feel grounded and connected to the earth. In an otherwise disconnected world, it is the healthy indulgence that has all the earmarks of a really well-rounded idea.
From a financial standpoint, growing something you already eat is just good sense…or is that cents? With the ever-increasing cost of food making it more difficult for some people to even feed their families, growing it yourself means that you’re automatically spending a lot less than others who don’t grow any of their own food.
From a personal health point of view, your own garden means you know exactly what is going into your body. The only toxic additives are the ones you put there. The home garden doesn’t come in a can full of preservatives and even home canning doesn’t have to have anything in it you want to avoid.
From an environmental standpoint the best way to lower the amount of CO2 in the air is to raise the amount of carbon dioxide eating plants around you. Elementary school science taught us that plants take in CO2 and release O2. The fact that humans do the opposite makes the relationship between people and plants perfectly symbiotic.
Relying less on others for our day-to-day needs makes us more self-reliant, or self-sustaining. Sustainability is the most financially responsible move you can make as it frees up more of your hard-earned cash for other things (like paying your bills, or adding to your savings account). It also gives you a tremendous sense of accomplishment in knowing that fresh produce and herbs are only as far away as your home garden plot.