Growing your own vegetables does not just have to be a hobby; it can also be a pathway to several benefits for your health, wallet, and the environment.

From potatoes and onions to cabbage and spinach, below are a few ways in which growing your own vegetables can be beneficial.

Allows you to connect with nature

The Garden Continuum – a company dedicated to all things related to the garden and environment – notes that interacting with your garden will, quite literally, allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labour. “When you grow a food garden, you are as close to nature as you can get,” says the company. “As you interact with your plants, the soil, and the weather, you are directly experiencing all the elements involved in the growing process.”

Saves you money

“While you may need to invest in a few startup costs like soil, fertiliser, seeds, and starter plants, the long-term cost savings are staggering,” says plant-focused company Plant Perfect.

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It’s healthier

According to Plant Perfect, vegetables, along with fruits and herbs, contain the most vitamins and minerals as soon as you pick them. “The longer they’re off the plant, the more those nutrients deplete. When your food is fresh off the vine, you’re getting the healthiest, highest-quality crops possible.”

Provides learning opportunities

Growing your own vegetables can offer educational opportunities and teach you about nature while providing healthy food for you and your loved ones, explains The Garden Continuum.

Allows you to try new veggies

Plant Perfect adds, “Diversifying your diet is great for your health because every plant has its own unique composition of antioxidants and nutrients, often indicated by its colour.”


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Article was originally written and published by Jade Rhode for BONA Magazine.