Growing your own fruit at home, offers an easily accessible and organic supply of fruit, at a fraction of the cost of buying it from a grocery store. The benefits of homegrown fruit to your family far surpass just that one point.
Three Reasons You Should Grow Your Own Fruit Trees
- Better Physical Health
Growing Health, a project run by Garden Organic and Sustain, found multiple physical health benefits in gardening for all age groups, including:
- Better coping for people diagnosed with long-term and terminal illnesses.
- Lessens physical pain.
- Assists in the surgical recovery and therapy needs.
- Encourages more healthy eating habits and balanced diets to avoid disease.
- Lowers the risk of obesity and weight management issues caused by inactivity.
Michigan State University reports that those who garden, typically exercise up to 50 minutes longer on average than bicyclists and walkers. This helps insure that you get 2.5 hours per week of moderate-intensity activity, that the CDC recommends to reduce the risk of everything from diabetes and colon cancer, to heart disease and hypertension.
- Better Mental Health
A study published back in 1984, revealed how nature heals, after it found gallbladder surgery patients recovered faster, took less pain medications, and voiced fewer complaints when they had a view of trees verses a brick wall.
Since then, there’s been a lot of scientific research that’s addressing how gardening is a proven stress reliever, which can be key in preventing stress-related symptoms, like headaches and irritability. Growing your own fruits also exposes you to green space, which has been shown to spur creativity, improve concentration, and even help with disorders such as ADHD and depression.
- Better Nutrition
Unlike store-bought fruits that are subject to processing procedures and often travel thousands of miles to arrive at your table, fruit from your garden can go straight from tree to mouth, which studies have shown results in higher levels of nutrients.
Other benefits include:
- Encourages children to eat more fruit.
- Teaching children life skills and food appreciation in the growing and harvesting process.
- Fruit peels can be recycled into compost for your fruit trees, to keep growing and producing.
- The ability to control pesticide and fertilizer use, which is better for your health and the environment.
Visit your local garden centre that will help you figure out how to proceed with your new gardening adventure.
There are a lot of reasons why now is the right time to start your gardening adventures. The best part is that, with just a little soil, some sunlight, and access to water, almost grow something amazing.