I never ever thought I would say this, but I’m enjoying gardening! I wasn’t a fan of gardening when I was growing up, but I guess it’s in my blood and I shouldn’t fight it! My grandpa and my mom must have passed the gene on down despite my resistance! Now, I’m thankful.
I really started appreciate gardening since I’ve been on a quest to live and eat healthier. There’s something very satisfying in cooking food that we grew! You know…that whole “I-can-do-it-myself” pride that you see in your toddler, well now I remember what it feels like with gardening!
Another bonus: I know exactly where the food came from and what was put into it! And now it’s really helping our grocery budget! We have a pretty short growing season in Minnesota, but I’ve still been able to harvest lettuce, zucchini, green beans, and sugar snap peas already! I didn’t have to buy any veggies this week on my grocery trip! Mostly fruit and a few other staples! Maybe “going green” ain’t so bad!
Other things I love about gardening:
- My kids are involved and learning so much! They’re learning science, health, and good eating habits as well as spiritual concepts like “What you sow is what you grow!” (And they are having a LOT of fun! They beg me to water the garden or pick vegetables!)
- There’s something therapeutic in pulling out weeds! I don’t know what it is, but it feels good to yank a weed out by the root and toss it aside!
- We get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors while gardening.
- Fresh food takes flavor to a whole new level! You may never buy another canned vegetable from the store once you try growing your own!
- When we live 28 miles from the nearest big grocery store it’s nice to be able to just go to our yard and pick something last-minute for a meal!
- It’s a meaningful (and frugal) gift to share homegrown veggies with a friend or neighbor!
Have I convinced you to try gardening yet?!?!?! Don’t let having a small (or no) yard hold you back. We have a few containers of herbs and lettuce on our porch that really supplement our meals nicely! You could try a tomato plant in a container and make your own spaghetti sauce or fresh BLT sandwich! The possibilities are endless! You might just grow a green thumb while you’re at it!