By: Dayna Copeland Schaef
Now that the temperatures are soaring and the sun shines late into the evening hours, there is no better time to get out and garden. Read about some of the great benefits that growing your own fruits and vegetables can have for you, your family and your planet.
Top 5 Reasons to Get out and Garden
1. Growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs will encourage you and your family to eat healthfully. There are few things more delicious than a freshly picked, garden grown tomato with a few leaves of backyard basil, drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil and some coarse sea salt. Gourmet goodness, right from your very own backyard.
2. Getting out to dig in the dirt gets you outside, in the fresh air and sunshine. A little bit of Vitamin D and fresh air can do wonders for your mental health, physical health and appearance.
3. Harvesting the foods from your garden to fill your pantry means less pollution and waste. Instead of buying your fruits and veggies from hundreds of miles away which can cost lots of resources and money, you will be practicing a more sustainable form of agriculture, contributing to a healthier environment and a more stable economy.
4. By feeding yourself and your family with the foods that you have grown yourself, you will save a ton of money! Produce can be expensive, especially organic produce, so why not save a ton of money this summer by growing your own ingredients.
5. Digging in the dirt is also a great workout. You will get some great exercise planting and working in your garden.
So now that you have plenty of reasons to get gardening, try making this easy organic garden pest repellent to protect your hard work without exposing your garden or the environment at large to harsh chemicals or toxins.
Organic Garden Pest Repellent
Ingredients: Organic Pepper Sauce, Castile Soap, Warm Water, Spray Bottle
To Make, mix 2-4 Tbsp. of hot, organic pepper sauce, with 1 tsp. of organic castile soap and fill the rest of the bottle with warm water. Shake to mix and spray on your plants every 5-7 days, depending on how often it rains.