Family Food Storage: Why Your Family Should Have a Garden

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Guest Blogger, Lizzie Weakley

If you want to eat as healthy as possible while teaching the family about responsibility, then consider growing a garden in the yard. The garden is a way for you to monitor what your family eats. It can also turn a bit of a profit if you grow enough vegetables and other types of produce.

Lower Grocery Bill
If you’ve shopped at a grocery store lately, then you know that fresh produce has a high price tag. When you plant a garden, you can get seeds at a low price, growing vegetables and fruits at a fraction of the price that you would spend at the grocery store. When you aren’t spending money on these items with the regular grocery bill, you’ll start to see a drop in how much you spend each month.

Safety
When you have your own garden, you will know what materials are used to make it grow. You could simply plant the seeds in the ground and rely on the sun along with your water source to make the seeds grow, but there is another option. Companies like Nature Safe have fertilizers that are safe for the environment as well as the products that you grow. This allows you to have fresh items that are free of the chemicals that are sometimes used on items that you get in the grocery store. Since there is a lack of pesticides and other chemicals, you’ll be doing the health of the family a favor.

Teaching About Nature
Your children can help in every aspect of the garden. They can create rows for the garden and plant the seeds. This is a good time to teach them about nature and how plants grow with the help of the sun, water and bees. While they are learning about nature, children can also learn about healthy living. These are ideas that they can carry on to their adulthood, passing down gardening traditions and techniques to their own children.

Always Have Food

When you have a garden, you will usually have a food source, even when you can’t get to the grocery store. As the produce comes in, you can store the items by canning them. This will allow you to keep a substantial amount of food for months ahead. You could also sell some of the produce that you have to make a little extra money for the family.

A garden is ideal for teaching and maintaining life. It’s a way for everyone to learn about the safety of growing produce and how it can be good for the body. You’ll also be able to save money that would be spent on expensive items at the grocery store.

The Benefits of Gardening With Kids

Benefits fo Gardening with Kids

Guest Blogger, Heather Roberts

Gardening is among the most popular hobbies that people nowadays practice. It is good for so many reasons that listing them all would be impossible. If you have a garden space to your home, you should make every effort to utilize it and work there with your children, as that is a great idea!

If you are all for spending some quality time with your children in the garden, you are definitely on the right track. It will help them build up knowledge of the natural world, engage in a lot of interesting and fun activities and grow beautiful flowers or delicious healthy produce. There are plenty of benefits to gardening with your children:

  • It is a fun physical activity – if you can develop interest in your children about the outdoors, you can surely feel proud of yourself. It is not only healthy for them to spend time out in the sun, but also to get sufficient physical activity in order to stay in shape. There is plenty of stuff in the garden for them to do – from lawn care and landscaping to garden clearance and removing clutter. All of it falls in the category of interesting activities that your children can engage in.
  • Acquiring knowledge of the wildlife – whenever your children work beside you in the garden, they acquire useful knowledge of the world that surrounds them – plants and wildlife. For example, growing your own produce can teach them a great deal about where their food comes from. Even if they don’t grow to be gardening experts, you can be proud of the fact that it is useful experience for them to acquire.
  • Understanding animals – all children are curious and quite interested in the animal kingdom; that is no secret. Well, gardening presents the greatest opportunity for some interactions of this kind. You can work with your children to create a birdhouse or a squirrel feeder. Growing beautiful flowers also means that one day you may see gorgeous butterflies. If you build together a small pond, chances are you may even attract frogs. These are just few examples of how garden care with your children can encourage their interaction with the surrounding world!
  • Plant growing and care – normally, all gardening activities are associated with growing various plants. What better way to introduce your children to the various plants of the world than to grow some together? A wide range of skills can be acquired that way – knowledge on how to look after plants, how to perform effective garden maintenance, care for flowers, etc. All of that will be useful to them and help them become more responsible. Be their guide in the world of gardening and explain to them the process of plant growing as much as you can, as well as anything else they might want to ask you about.
  • Spending quality time together – the garden makes for the perfect place to spend some family time with your little ones. You can work on creating wonderful displays of flowers or grow other plants together. In case you have a playground there, it is even better!

Gardening with your children is definitely a great idea! In case you haven’t already, you should definitely introduce them to this area of your home.