Growing produce is good for you, in so many ways! Are you seeking a new hobby in 2021? Do you want to spend more time outdoors or get in touch with the land and natural world? Do you want to enjoy something that can be peaceful and slow-paced? Growing produce may be right for you! Here’s what you need to know about this beneficial and enjoyable hobby.
Benefits of Growing Produce
There are lots of reasons to grow produce at home. Even if you live in an apartment, you can enjoy this healthy and rewarding activity.
- Save money. Although gardens do have an initial start up cost, growing your own produce can be cheaper than buying produce from the grocery store once you’ve bought the materials you need to get started.
- Bond with family. Everyone in the family can be involved in the care of your garden, which makes gardens a great bonding activity. This is especially true after you and members of your family start harvesting, which can feel very rewarding indeed.
- Peaceful experience. Do you enjoy spending time in your yard, being physically active and getting your hands dirty? For many people, gardening can be a meditative experience.
- Healthy. Eating produce from your garden is healthy! The more you grow, the more you’ll eat, and the easier it is to eat healthy.
- The perfect hobby for a work at home gig worker. If you work at home and keep an off schedule, you can step outside and do some gardening whenever the mood strikes you.
Start small with a few easy-to-grow plants like beans or tomatoes, which tend to produce sizable harvests when the time comes. Or, if you want to feel successful with your garden, grow a zucchini. These plants are prolific producers throughout the summer. Next year, you can expand your operations to a greater number of plants and grow something a little more challenging.
Read Up On Gardening and Get Advice
Buy your materials and plants from a local nursery or garden store where you can get advice on the best plants to grow and the best materials to buy for your home. The types of plants you can grow at your house depends on the light conditions, how much room you have, soil conditions and more. Don’t be afraid to look for other at-home gardeners or take a class if you want extra information and strategy.
About the Author: Kathryn Elwell grew up in the Midwest. She has experience in management and human resources, and has been writing on these topics and more for 12 years.