Why You Need a Garden

Why You Need a Garden

Whether it’s on your windowsill or in your backyard, starting a garden is simple!

By: Marina Delio

With the arrival of spring comes fresh new life. Bare trees begin sprouting green leaves and colourful wildflowers begin to emerge. It’s the perfect time to plan a backyard garden of your own, too.

Nurseries now have a variety of plants your family will love to grow — and sometimes eat! Anyone can start a spring garden, as plants can even be grown in containers on a small porch or even a windowsill.

Read on to learn about some benefits of planting your own family garden and simple tips for getting started!

Slowing Down with Outdoor Time
Today’s families are incredibly busy, and it’s easy to forget to take the time to get outside and enjoy nature. Putting down the electronics and getting fresh air is an important and refreshing part of the day that’s often neglected.

Kids and adults can both enjoy the serenity of being outside listening to birds chirping and feeling soil in their hands and the warmth of the sun on their backs. Getting outside for even five minutes a day to check on a garden is a great way to clear your head.

Gardening also fosters an appreciation of nature. Watching plants grow, bees and other insects pollenate, and fruit eventually grow is miraculous to watch. Your kids may not even realize they are getting a wonderful science lesson while they are having fun playing in the dirt.


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Family Bonding
Gardening is a wonderful way to work as a team with your family. With the common goal of producing fruits and vegetables, family members work together and improve communication and enjoy each other’s company.

Kids love visiting the nursery and picking out seeds or transplants for the garden while the family as a whole will be able to enjoy the rewards of your spring gardening through the end of summer. Caring for a garden also teaches children responsibility. By watering, weeding and working out there, kids can feel a pride in taking care of the plants in the garden.

Gardening Fosters a Healthy Lifestyle
Know this: Kids are more likely to eat their veggies when they grow them themselves. So when all the hard work pays off and it’s time to harvest, gather, wash and cook, kids will feel proud of their accomplishment.

Instead of rejecting their salad, they may actually be excited about using the ingredients they grew themselves. Kids love going to their garden and picking snap peas, strawberries and tomatoes and eating them right off the vine. With a backyard garden, swapping processed foods for fresh veggies is not a chore since there’s always something healthy to eat — and it’s closer than the store.

The health benefits go beyond a diet, as gardening can make kids (and adults) physically stronger too. From digging holes to carrying bags of soil and heavy hoses, gardening can be hard work!

Getting Started
Spring and early summer crops can go into your garden now, and there are plenty to choose from. Some easy-to-grow edibles include: peas, carrots, strawberries, zucchini and tomatoes. Borrow a gardening book from your local library or ask your nursery which plants grow best in your growing zone.

Marina Delio is a wife, mom, and the author of the Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook and blog. She loves cooking, gardening, running, photography and spending time outdoors with her family and their three egg-laying chickens.

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We are going to try kale in a pot this year. Hopefully, the rabbits won't be able to get at it!

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