While we are away on a short vacation, I have another great guest post for you today!
I wanted to make sure you had some fun content to read this week! Here are some great reasons to grow your own produce this summer if you have the chance!
One of the best things about summer is the ability to grow your own plants. Once the weather starts warming up, people flock to plant stores to buy flowers and ferns. They might decorate their porch with them or start a flower garden.
Something that everyone should think about before starting their garden is spending their summer growing their own food. Raising your own produce from seed to harvest can be one of the most fulfilling feelings. Spend some time figuring out which plants would best grow in your area, and then go to your favorite garden shop and get some seeds!
4 Reasons to Grow Your Own Produce
No Pesticides In Your Food
One thing many people have in common is that everyone wants to eat food that isn’t grown in fields sprayed with nasty pesticides and other chemicals. Growing your own vegetables will let you control exactly what’s going to end up on your plate. The peace of mind will make it worth your while, besides the fact that you’d be saving money at the store. There’s hardly a downside to keeping your own garden, as long as you keep it safe from wild animals and water it every day.
You Can Save Money
Buying produce at your grocery store might not be the biggest cost of your weekly grocery run, but eating your own produce can save you money in the long run. For only an average of $300 dollars a year to maintain the fertilizer and water your garden, you’ll see a big change in your wallet. People who grow their own produce save around $24,000 each year. Homegrown vegetables could potentially buy you your next car—that’s worth attempting to plant some cucumbers.
You Can Make Money
Maybe your goal this summer is to make some money in addition to saving some, so you’re thinking spending money on a garden won’t help you achieve your goals. It’s actually the opposite! If you start planting soon, your garden can start making money if you sell produce to your friends. A local grocery store might even be able to contract with you to sell what you grow to a wider group of people.
Because you could grow a variety of foods, you could sell to multiple groups of people. Not everyone will love eating strawberries or bell peppers, but almost everyone has carrots and cucumbers in their fridge. Keeping a variety of food in your garden will help you make more money this summer. When you get seeds at the store, buy some that’ll develop into basic vegetables that everyone will want, and then experiment with a few that you know you’ll enjoy.
Find a New Community
When you grow your own food, you’ll enjoy eating what you grow for a while, but you’ll soon find you have more food than you can eat before it goes bad. Neighbors will start coming over to take it off your hands, whether you sell it or not. You’ll get a new kind of relationship with your community, as you build relationships with neighbors that will quickly become close friends.
You’ll also expand your community as you get to know people outside of the area you would normally spend time in. There may even be local gardening groups for you to join to get advice from people who have been growing their own produce for a while. There are lots of ways a tiny garden can connect you to the world you live in, so growing your own food can be a great way to spend your time this summer if you’re looking to make new friends.
Gardening can do so much more for you than just letting you eat your own food when you sit down for dinner. You’ll find a new way to save money, make money, or even get out to form relationships with the people that live nearby. If you spend time growing food this summer, you’ll develop a skill that’ll last you a lifetime, and next summer you could add onto your garden by expanding into flowers or other decorative plants. No matter how you look at it, if a garden can be one of the best ways to spend your time.
About the Author: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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