Written by Paige Vandiver
Not even a month ago we were all going about our lives – sending the kiddos to school, going to work, heading to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for dinner, or going out to our favorite restaurant for a special occasion.
The unforeseen effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on our daily lives have many people asking themselves what they can do to better prepare for emergency situations and how they can be a little more self-sufficient.
We at Stockslager’s want to help. That’s why we put together this list of suggestions on what we know best: how to grow things! (Specifically your own food!)
When grocery stores are low on food, it can feel scary. But there are plenty of other reasons why growing your own food is a great idea. Here are some advantages:
Why You Should Grow Your Own Food In A Kitchen Garden
Pandemic or not, growing your own food is always a good idea. Here’s why.
A garden helps you reduce your environmental impact.
Food from grocery stores requires a massive amount of fossil fuels for transport!
Gardening is a great activity for kids.
Teaching your kids to grow their own food is not only educational, it’s also just fun to get outside and play in the dirt together.
Gardening comes with a host of health benefits.
Working in the garden takes a surprising amount of physical activity and keeps you from feeling “stuck” inside the house if you are self-quarantining due to the coronavirus.
Home-grown food is also healthier and tastes better. You don’t have to use pesticides or other chemicals in your garden. You can pick your fruits and vegetables when they are at their peak ripeness and not after they have gone through days of transport to get to the grocery store.
When you bite into fresh food from your own backyard, you know exactly what is in your food, without worrying about added chemicals or pesticides.
Better yet, you can diversify your diet with a variety of your favorite nutritious foods!
Gardening can save you money on the grocery bill.
If you are pinching pennies, gardening will save you from a large grocery bill.
Produce can be expensive, especially if you’re buying off-season fruits and veggies. Plan your meals around the fresh food grown in your garden and watch your bank account grow too!
Gardening relieves stress
I think we can all agree that we’re living in a pretty stressful and uncertain time right now.
Gardening will not only give you Vitamin D from being out in the sun, it will also give you something to focus on that will yield positive, tangible results in the form of delicious food for your family.
Stockslagers Greenhouse & Garden Center is Here to Help
Here’s some good news! In the midst of all the recent chaos, spring has officially sprung!
There’s no better time to get outside and start planning your garden. You can start by taking a walk outside to see where you might plant your food and then begin your research into what fruits and veggies will work best for your space.
As always, Stockslagers is here to answer any of your gardening questions and point you in the right direction. Sign up for our weekly newsletter to get actionable insights and gardening tips, and be the first to know about upcoming sales. (And be the first to know about when we re-open!)