May 012017

This post is sponsored by Harvest in collaboration with Markerly. Although I received compensation to share my experience, all thoughts are my own.

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 with
Harvest’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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Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. WE DID!! For the very first time, we planted a garden this year. I am so excited for my brussels sprouts and carrots to grow!!

  2. I would so do this if I could grow stuff. But I kill all plants. My mom lives nearby though and can grow stuff, so my kids help her with that.

  3. We don’t have a backyard so the plants in our family garden are all potted. I couldn’t agree more with this post! Our tomatoes and beans are starting to bear fruits, it gives all of us a great sense of accomplishment. And it’s so much fun!

  4. You’re so right about family gardens. None of us will forget Ryan’s (11 at the time) garden when the watermellons took over & the vines crawled from one raised bed to another one. It was all too funny trying to tame the vines/plants.

  5. I think starting a family garden is a good tradition that will last for years. It’s nice to be able to grow your own veggies as well. It’s definitely going to help in so many ways.

  6. We did! It’s so much fun to make our own family garden. My son really enjoys planting vegetables from seeds and watch them grow. It’s such a rewarding experience!

  7. We did! This year we have naval oranges, sweet corn and stripped lemons, strawberries and figs. I can’t wait to make the best and most delicious fruit salad with corn on the side! 🙂

  8. My kids have always loved working in the garden with us. I have to assume it is the ability to play in the dirt and not get in trouble. Anything that keeps them dirty makes them happy.

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