Aside from the obvious and significant benefit of saving money, growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs has plenty of positive benefits for your health and household.
1. Save time It's early evening and you realise you're missing some much needed ingredients to complete your dinner plans. Forget jumping in the car and driving to the supermarket. Imagine being able to go straight to your back yard to pick the fresh ingredients you need.
2. Fresh Produce
Fresh is best and growing your own ensures you know exactly where it's come from and what, if any, chemicals or pesticides have been used. Fresh also means increased flavour and nutritional value.
[ADVERT]3. Exercise your Mind and Body Not only does gardening provide relaxation for the mind and spirit, all that weeding, pulling, bending and stretching gives you a free work-out that benefits your physical health. Being outdoors is an added health benefit as the sun helps your body produce Vitamin D, an essential vitamin needed for your well-being. In addition, you'll learn something new and develop a hobby that helps to keep those boredom blues away.
Kids love getting their hands dirty and they'll learn something new at the same time. As a family you can enjoy creating something together and they'll see the end results as it gets served up for dinner. You and your children will literally see the fruit of your labour.
If the prospect of starting your own fruit, vegetable or herb garden is daunting, don't despair. There are plenty of resources to help you get started regardless of whether you're a green thumb or total novice who is clueless when it comes to gardening.
Bunnings Warehouse has stores throughout Australia and New Zealand and stock everything you need to get started with your own fruit, vegetable
and/or herb garden. For under $30 you can purchase Organic Vegetable and Herb Grow Kits which include everything you need to get started. Bunnings Warehouse also have free online resources including:
• D.I.Y. Videos - Search for 'How to make a Vegetable/Herb Garden'. D.I.Y. Brochures – 'How to Grow Vegetables' and 'How to Grow Culinary Herbs'.
• D.I.Y. Workshops - 'How to Grow your own 'No Dig' Vegetable Garden'. Bookings can be made online.
How to Garden Advice is a website that provides a wealth of information about growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs. It provides some great tips on how to get started and their instructions are really easy to follow, particularly for beginners.
Don't forget reading material. There are plenty of books for the novice and advanced gardener. Head to the gardening section of your local bookstore and library or search online book stores.
Typically, the best way to learn is hands-on so don't be afraid to get in and give it a go. Some of your early attempts may prove to be unsuccessful but that's all part of the learning process. It won't be long before, after spotting your thriving garden, your neighbours will be asking you for gardening tips.