Gardening, in general, offers its own health benefits but when you set out to grow all organic the benefits are so many they become hard to count. I do not claim to be a master gardener. My husband, on the other hand, knows more about farming and caring for plants and animals than most new farmers I have met.
There is no denying, if you can grow it yourself, you will save money. The question then becomes, how much? A recent study on gardening showed that for every dollar you put into an organic garden you can expect to see an average return of $50. I have seen a 60% decrease in my produce expense after just the first 6 months. Additionally, I do not have to drive to the store as often for produce which saves me fuel and time. Along with the savings to your grocery bill, organic means no need to buy pesticides. Which brings me to my next point.
Organic means No Pesticides
I am not a fan of fighting bugs but it beats the hell out of eating arsenic. To be completely honest, I am terrified of bugs (mostly the kind that sting) but I remind myself they serve a purpose. Without bees, you would have to go around all the time and pollinate your own female plants. Not to mention, pesticides have been linked to the cause of many food allergies, memory loss, autism, and type 2 diabetes. This also means it is safer for your animals and children to be in the garden.
Lower your risk of cancer and other problems
According to the EPA, 90% of all fungicides and 60% of all herbicides are known to cause cancer. I have lost many family members to different types of cancer, I don’t wish that on anyone. The process in which food is created for high yield has taken them to an unrecognizable thing. The additives have been shown to cause autism, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and many other problems. These numbers are terrifying and I would do anything to reduce the risks to my family and myself. Having an organic garden is just the first step.
It is Good for you and the Planet
In the United States alone we are losing about 3 billion tons of topsoil each year. It takes mother nature 7 years to replace eroded earth. New farmers are not taking any steps to prevent this because they need the crops to stand up straight. That way they can spray chemicals on them to prevent diseases and kill bugs. Your garden will be covered with leaves all winter and that adds back to your topsoil levels each year. Additionally, not spraying chemicals is better for the air quality. It is also safer for your pets and farm animals to be near.
Gardening is Fun
It keeps you busy so you are not snacking on junk and has been shown to improve mental health and overall happiness. Some psychologists call it horticultural therapy. It has been studied in depth and shown to help with PTSD and depression because it reduces stress and calms the nerves. Once you get more confident you can branch out and try new things. You will never be bored with a garden in your yard.
Organic Food Tastes Better
If you are going to commit to a lifestyle of healthful, unprocessed and organic eating a garden is the most cost-effective way to go after it full steam. The food is naturally sweeter and more filling so you will also consume less. The flavors are wonderful and unique in some cases.
Your Other Plants will Thank You
Most people have some kind of garden already. Whether it is a row of rose bushes for a few geraniums near the porch. Start sharing the soil with your organics to yield fuller, more beautiful flowers. I have found that my flowers bloom nearly all year now. In fact, it is pretty cold around and I had a fresh bouquet of roses on my table for Thanksgiving.