I've been thinking...
How is it that we live with all the conveniences in the world but yet we are more stressed out, anxious and depressed then any other time in human history? It is surely not because earlier times were any easier. I have pondered this question for a while now and have come up with a few different answers. One that seems to come back over and over is that we have lost our basic connection with the nature around us. At our core, we are built to nurture and care for our surroundings but, with all the advances in technology we have traded our sowing an toiling for consumption and entertainment. Most of us go about our lives chasing the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the next big thing, thinking if we can only get there our lives will be complete. The truth is that there will always be another promotion, a bigger check or something better to go after. Happiness comes from truly knowing that you are in line with your purpose and trust me; you won't find it that way. There has been a trend lately that has gained steam because people are starting to see the benefits in their daily lives. Starting your own garden, whether you live in the city, the suburbs or in a more rural community, brings a lot to your daily life. Consider for a moment; what I find are the Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Vegetable Garden and I know you will find solutions to some of the biggest stresses in your life.
Most of us spend over four hours a day looking at our smartphones and that is not counting the time we spend in front of our computers at work or all the other screens now seeking to push all kinds of different products or services on us. Don't get me wrong, there is certainly a need for some of it but it is important to remember to disconnect once in a while. Growing vegetables is a great way to do so. While you are out weeding, watering, pruning or harvesting, you leave all screens behind and focus all of your energy into caring for that little patch of dirt. Getting your hands in the soil is the best way to really unplug from all the devices in your life and really connect with yourself. That is reason number one: Reversing device addiction by growing vegetation. Once you start to put your devices down for a few minutes a day and replace it with reflection time in your garden, you will soon find yourself a lot calmer, less stressed and feeling a lot better about yourself. The feeling of accomplishment as you start to see things grow will soon put you in a better mood and might even make you more productive at work.
There is a certain level of security in knowing that you can grow your own food. For the longest time, humans have relied on themselves to provide their families with the food they need. Consumerism and industrialisation have atrophied our need to do so but I believe it is still part of what makes up our DNA. The second reason to start gardening is: Know you can rely on your skills instead of corporate thrills. In the world we currently live in, it is becoming increasingly important to be self-reliant. The cost of everything is going up while wages stay the same and good paying jobs are harder and harder to find. It does not take much to disrupt the corporate supply chain and, if you think about it, they always have the bigger end of the stick. We now have access to all sorts of fruits and veggies all year round but what happens when a trade war between the U.S. and Canada raises the price of your food supply by twenty or thirty percent. Developing a skill set that provides you with the piece of mind that if anything bad was to happen, you and your family would be able to make it through, has to be a priority and the proper care of a vegetable garden is an important part of that skill set.
Next, we have what I call Growing is Knowing. That means that if you grow your own vegetables, you know exactly where they came from... Simple, I know, but there is a lot of power in that. I have always found it a little unsettling how grocery stores are able to lay out all of this produce at the exact right time so that it's just ripe enough when you bring it home to eat it. There has to be some sort of chemical in use to make that happen day in and day out. When you grow your own, you can pick it right from the plant on the day you need it and enjoy it fresh. No chemicals, no doubt; you know exactly what you are feeding your family.
Which leads us directly into reason number four which is: Families who Grow Together, Grow Together. As you learn the craft of producing your own vegetables, make sure to involve your family. It can sometimes be very difficult for parents to connect with their kids but having activities you can enjoy together bridges that gap. For the longest time, skills passed down from generation to generation. In the last fifty years or so, however, that tradition has slowly been erased from human history. The problem with that is that we are creating generations of kids who have no particular skills or any will to learn them. When you introduce your kids to gardening and give them part of the responsibility for it, you are in effect growing their skill set, growing your relationship with them and growing their effectiveness as a productive, self-reliant human being.
Finally, we have reason number five: Get your Garden On and Help the Planet Move On. The industrialization of our food supply in recent years has put an excessive amount of stress on our planet. Global climate change is the most obvious sign of this fact but there are many other indicators such as the gradual but steady decline in the quality of our produce, the increasing number of diseases affecting our food sources; animals as well as plants. By growing your own garden and consuming food you have produced yourself, you can relieve ever so slightly that industrial food chain. If everyone does their part, we will force a change in policy and food production and supply.
Tessa and I have started our very first garden this year and are already seeing major changes in our attitudes, relationship and overall stress levels. So, as a little reminder, here are the Top 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Vegetable Garden:
1. Reversing device addiction by growing vegetation.
2. Know you can rely on your skills instead of corporate thrills.
3. Growing is Knowing.
4. Families who Grow Together, Grow Together.
5. Get your Garden On and Help the Planet Move On.
Give it a try, the worst that can happen is nothing grows...In that case all you need to do is reach out, send us a message and we will more than happy to help.
As always, thanks for reading!