We’ve been keeping ourselves busy the past couple of months as we prepare to move into our forever home. One of the things on our minds as we make the transition from renting to owning a home is creating a family garden.
Growing up, I watched as my father would plant vegetables in our yard. He’d bring them in for us to cook. My father would care for them every day and explain why it was important for us to have our own garden.
My father had received many of the seeds for from a neighbor who had been growing his own garden for years. It was a way for my dad and our neighbor to bond. There were flowers everywhere as well, and my father would bring in a handful to place on our dining table for when my mother would get home from work.
My father has never been a romantic, but bringing in flowers was his way of showing my mother that he was thinking of her.
Today, a family garden means so much more. Below are five reasons why you might want to consider creating a garden of your own:
1. A garden builds community.
Your garden can open the doors to new friendships. You can stop by neighbors and offer them your fruits and vegetables, and even flowers.
2. You sow the seeds for a future of health-conscious shoppers.
As a parent, you want the best for your children. Having a garden will teach them the importance of eating right.
3. You save money.
Not only are you saving on groceries each month, but you’re also minimizing the cost of healthcare bills. It’s a win-win in my book.
4. It shows love and dedication.
One of the many reasons why we thought about creating a family garden was to help teach the children about responsibility and patience. Also, it shows that with lots of love and dedication you can help make the world a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.
5. You learn the value of food.
It can be exciting to watch a vegetable or a fruit grow from a seed. Growing up, it made me value the purpose of food and what we eat to nourish our body.
Getting Started On Your Garden
Finding the right ingredients for your family garden is key.
To ensure our garden would get the right nutrients and be free of added chemicals when growing, we picked up four bags of Harvest’s Organics Garden soil from Lowe’s. Harvest is considered the largest processor of yard and food waste in North America. The company manages to keep nearly 2 million tons of waste from ending up in landfills. By recycling these scraps, Harvest turns waste into organic gardening products that are then fed to the earth to feed people through vegetables, fruits, herbs etc. with the intention of creating a more sustainable planet.
If you’re transitioning your garden as we will be in the summer, then I suggest adding planting pots to your list. Be sure to add a layer of dirt underneath the planting pot and drop your seeds or place your plant of choice into the pot.
Fill the gaps around your plant withHarvest’s Organics Garden soil. If you’re using seeds, then place a top layer to your pot. Add plenty of water daily and allow for adequate sunlight.
Along with our fruits and vegetable garden, we’ll be bringing a little luck to our new home with this baby bamboo tree.
Have you ever tried creating your own family garden?
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