So, I want to share with you how gardening is a practical way to "save" your life and learn how to eat better.
2. "If You Plant It, You Must Eat It."
This is very similar to the first reason; feeling connected to your food except in this case, it's more about feeling "responsible" for eating what you grow. Yep, it's true. I thought, "Wow, I just planted 10 rows of green beans and I really should can them and then eat them." I never liked green beans. I mean, I hated green beans. However, they are one of the easiest veggies for me to grow and I grew them like crazy. I had mountains of beans. I felt very successful as a gardener but in order for that success to make sense, I needed to actually consume what I grew. And I did, but I admit, very slowly!
I also began to realize that if I actually ate what I grew, I could save some $$. The practical side of me responded to this very much and I began to experiment with the vegetables, trying to find ways to "hide" them in food so I would eat them. It eventually worked and I actually like green beans now and have fun growing lots of different varieties.
3. Gardening Introduces You to Unique and Different Vegetables.
Everything from tomatillos to Mizuna...gardening has expanded my mind and palate to new flavors and textures. After a while, growing just tomatoes, peppers and green beans radically expanded to new frontiers of vegetables like the vertical growing green; Malabar Spinach (which grew over 15 feet tall) to unique varieties of edible flowers. I was amazed at all of the vegetable catalogs and the wealth of vegetables which were available to grow.
I began to include new and different varieties of the basic vegetables as well as including new kinds I had never tried before. I remember talking about eggplant with my 100% Italian brother-in-law. I began growing them, initially to give them to him and not realizing how many fruits they put on. I knew we needed to start eating them too and eat them we did...slowly at first and now I don't think they've missed a season in our garden since...and that's been well over 20 years! We grow them now because we love them and miss having them on our plates. I have grown many different varieties of them as well.
There are many other reasons why gardening has "saved" my life, like the fact that it's a super fulfilling and even relaxing hobby. I get so energized and yet still peaceful at the same time whenever I'm around my plants.
And my health? No more digestive complaints and I've been able to maintain the same healthy weight for over 20 years. I thank my veggies for lending a hand in all of this and look forward to gardening for many years to come. Most active gardeners live a long and healthy life!
I hope you are inspired to grow your own vegetables if you aren't already and maybe share how they helped to save your life as well!
How has gardening impacted your life?
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