If some form of country living is what you are looking for, the place to start is a garden. I don’t mean go out and start a commercial sized vegetable garden, start with something small and easy to maintain. Container, square foot or old fashion rows, the type doesn’t really matter. These 3 reasons will explain why you need a garden and how you can benefit.
3 Reasons You Need a Garden
The list of reasons why you should start a garden is a long one, so here are 3 of my favorite reasons.
Home Grown Produce of your choosing.
The obvious reason that many like the idea of a garden, is to provide fresh produce for the dinner table. You can choose what you like and plant as much as your space allows. If you like green beans, you can have an entire garden of green beans if that is what you want. If you are not sure which garden is right for you, read Know Your Garden Type for some extra help.
Having a garden can be a great source of therapy! It requires physical activity outdoors and can help focus your mind while doing gardening tasks. It is a great feeling, knowing that your hard work is the reason you have fresh produce. This is one of my favorite benefits, being outside in our garden helps get me active and out of the house. I like to go out in the afternoon alone while my husband is watching the kids. The garden work helps me unwind and have some time to reflect on the day that I have had or just calm the stress.
Learning Experience (My favorite)
Your garden will begin as a learning experience for you, but it can also be used as a tool to teach your others. You can teach them about planning and growing garden. You can show them what bugs and animals are around your garden. Teaching others about gardening also helps you learn as you go as well. We went as far as adding a rainbow garden to our farm for the kids to enjoy and learn from. Purple beans, different colored carrots, bright colored peppers all planted and taken care of (with parental help) by my son and two nieces.
Our garden started as an experiment, that turned into an annual project. It became an activity that I get to share and enjoy with my family. The 3 reasons that I have listed here are just a few things that make having a garden in our country life worth it.