What’s the good of a garden?

What’s the good of a garden?

In eras past, every home had a vegetable garden. If you had a small yard, it was a little patch of leafy greens and some tomatoes on the fence. If it was a big yard, the bottom half was pumpkins, fruit trees, and climbers like beans, peas, and cucumbers. Maybe even a few chickens.

These days, life is busier. Supermarkets are everywhere and farmers markets bring the country to the suburbs every weekend. But much has been lost in our move away from home grown produce and a more hectic pace makes it all the more satisfying to pick some fresh vegetables out of your own garden for dinner.

A good starting point is to dig a little kitchen garden with herbs, lettuce, rocket, and spinach. They are quite easy to grow and they keep producing after they’ve been harvested, so you only pick what you need.

No longer will soggy brown bags that used to be salad mix lurk in the crisper drawers of your fridge, and your greens will retain all their nutrients because they’ll be eaten within minutes of being picked.

It’s cost effective, too, with a punnet of seedlings usually setting you back a few dollars and providing a whole season of vegetables. And it’s good for the planet, with no extra resources used for storage, transport, packaging, and marketing.

But, best of all, growing your own veges is rewarding. Tending to the garden, for the few minutes each day it takes to water and weed, is slowed-down time that is really good for lowering stress levels and bringing you back down to earth.

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