Growing a family garden has always been a dream of mine. As a sun-kissed girl growing up in the islands, I definitely had my choice of fresh fruits to choose from. I remember feasting from their succulent flesh, pushing the seeds into the ground, adding a little water and hoping that those seeds would eventually grow into something wonderful. Especially with recent rashes of salmonella outbreaks, a robust family garden and help keep your family healthy in more ways than one.
Starting a family garden is a great investment with minimal start-up costs and tremendous rewards. Here are ten reasons that you should start a family garden of your own.
- It’s Affordable
- Teaches Kids Responsibility
- Burns Calories
- It’s a Lesson in Science
- Grow What You Want
- Share What You Don’t
- You Need Less Space than you Think
- Less Trips to the Store
- It’s Just Good for You
- Fosters Family Bonding
A family garden is a great way to get “all hands on deck” while teaching kids responsibility. Children as young as two years can help with tasks like weeding, watering plants and selecting what crops to grow. It’s a rewarding experience all around.
Gardening has been said to burn between 350-450 calories a hour… no treadmill or free weights required.
Forgot about learning about ecosystems in science books. Organic gardens have a plethora of organisms interacting all the time and it’s a marvel to watch.
One of the most delightful things about having a family garden is growing exactly what you want, when you want ( climate permitting of course). If you like carrots, grow some carrots! Hate arugula? Skip it and grow spinach instead. It’s your family garden, you get to pick and choose what you want to grow.
Talk to your kids and get their thoughts on what they want to grow too. You may be surprised, they just may try it!
One of the things I like about gardening is sharing our harvest with neighbors and friends. It’s quite a joy and always brings a smile to someone’s face.
An organic family garden means more fruits and veggies, more exercise, time outdoors, family bonding and lots of smiles.
Having a family garden is not just about the food, it’s about family. Tilling, growing, toiling and reaping together with memories that will last a lifetime.
(Original date” 9/15/15. Updated 4/2018)