Less Lawn, More Food: 4 Reasons To Grow An Edible Garden

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Some people love seeing a perfect lawn without a single blade of grass out of place. Others would rather use that space to grow their own food.

The reality is that a lawn is very resource intensive and not very eco friendly. The less lawn you have and the more edible plants, the better it is for the environment, your health and your wallet. Taking some cues from the Purple Flower, you can find the right plants to grow for your own edible garden no matter where you live.

In this article, I will go over several of the benefits to growing your own food.

1 - Fresh food tastes better

Many people travel to Italy and come back wondering why the food there tastes so good. Well, the reason is that Italians value freshness over their vegetables over anything.

When you grow your own food, and pick it at its peak, then everything you eat will taste far better. When you pick a tomato off of the vine at the right moment and taste it, it will seem like you are eating a tomato for the first time.

And the same will go for strawberries, corn and any other of your favorite foods. You can still have your perfectly landscaped garden and enjoy growing vegetables in a dedicated patch so read on!

2 - Better health

Fresh vegetables picked at their peak are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Far more than their peers sitting on a shelf in the supermarket. Just eating your normal intake of vegetables from your own garden is enough to make you healthier.

You are also more likely to eat far more vegetables than you ordinarily would when you grow your own. There will be a lot of ways to incorporate your harvest into your dishes. This increase in vegetables will have you feeling far better, with more energy and a greater appreciation for food in general.

3 - It’s better for the environment

Your vegetable garden will lower your carbon footprint considerably and in many unexpected ways. First and foremost, it will lower your water bill as a lawn requires far more to stay green than your garden does.

Also, the pesticides and herbicides used on lawns are quite toxic when the water runs off and enters the aquifer.

Even the fact that you are buying less produce from far away also saves on the fossil fuels required to get it to you.

You’ll no doubt see the difference in wildlife when you grow a garden that you would never see when you have a lawn. Some that you’d rather not see, to be honest, in the form of some critters who want to eat your hard work.

4 - It keeps you fit

Keeping a garden may seem like a lot of work, but it is rewarding work that also keeps you in good shape. You’ll be getting plenty of Vitamin D from being out in the sun more frequently and the lifting and moving around will be great exercise.