Gardening at home is a great hobby that will bring joy to your family, give you some exercise, and allow you to bring your whole family together. It may not sound like much, but it is something that you should seriously consider if your passion for the outdoors is to reap the rewards of hard work.
Benefits of home gardening
Are you still unsure if home gardening is the right choice for you? Are you wondering if home gardening can save you money? Let’s first look at the advantages of starting a garden at home.
Home Gardening Is Versatile
People think that they need to have a large yard to have a garden. But this is not true. You can always have a few plants, no matter how small your yard is. Even if you have a tiny porch or an apartment, this is true. You just need a DIY mindset and some creativity.
This is an example: You’d giggle if you saw the backyard of my house. Its image is right next to “tiny” as a definition in the dictionary. Last year, I grew a huge crop of tomatoes and climbing peas in my small space. I used some very creative techniques that I’ll discuss in a moment.
Don’t assume that you don’t need a lot of space to grow a garden. You can make home gardening very versatile, and it is easy to do!
Home Gardening Relieves Stress
Gardening is a relaxing hobby for me. It is very rewarding to dig in the dirt and watch my vegetables grow every day.
It’s outdoors, it’s exercise, and the best part is that you can get away from work and other stressors in your life. It works for me.
Home gardening is a family activity
Some people consider gardening a lonely hobby. This doesn’t necessarily have to be true. Ask your spouse or children to help you in the garden. It may surprise you how much fun all of you can have together. It can be difficult to find fun activities for the entire family. We often resort to spending lots of money to have fun. However, working in a garden together is free.
You should also consider that more cities are closing community pools and cutting library services and resources due to budget cuts. You might find yourself unable to rely on city perks for summer fun this year, especially if your children depend on them. My local pool won’t be open, and the library will cut back on hours in an effort to save money.
This can be a great way to get your kids involved in gardening.
Home Gardens save Money
This is why many gardeners consider this the most important reason to plant a garden. Burpee Seed Co. claims that every spent on seeds or fertilizer will result in the worth of produce. Amazing!
Saving money on fruits or vegetables is your ultimate goal. Make sure to plant seeds that you will enjoy eating. Tomatoes, green peppers, and banana peppers are some of the most sought-after options.
My entire first year of starting seeds, I lost all my crops because I didn’t know what to do and was overwatered. Last year, half of my crop was lost, and I had to start again. There will be successes and failures, but that’s part of the fun.
You can save money by being more selective about the crops you grow. Cool-weather crops such as winter squash, onions, carrots, and potatoes can be stored for a very long time. These vegetables can be stored in your basement for several months or even weeks after they are harvested. Even if they aren’t ready to eat right away, they will keep for a long time and can be used up again.
You can also preserve other vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and beets by freezing or home canning.
It’s a good idea to take a look at what vegetables are in your cart. I love spinach and kale, so I try to grow these crops at home. Green beans are also a favorite of mine, so I can get my own Dilly Beans every year.
You can grow your own herbs and spices
It is not difficult to find herbs in the grocery store, as you probably know. However, you can save money by growing herbs like rosemary, basil, oregano, and other spices in your garden. It will also diversify your crop.
My biggest crop of herbs is usually in the spring, and I always use what they produce.
I also grow a lot of parsley which I sprinkle on my potatoes to make tabbouleh.
Remember that you can dry your herbs and reuse them for several months, even if they aren’t available right away. You can save money by not having to purchase dried herbs from the grocery store.