Are you meeting your daily vegetable quota? From where do you get your vegetables? Do you have a kitchen garden?
One requirement of proper nutrition is to ensure that over half of your dinner plate contains vegetables. In rural areas, it is easy to access a variety of vegetables and fruits. However, in urban areas where land is scarce, the only option is to buy. Buying comes with its own set of challenges that you and I have to contend with daily. Fortunately, you can grow your own vegetables regardless of where you live. Here are six reasons a kitchen garden is a must have for you and your family.
A kitchen garden is one way to ensure that you have a constant supply of vegetables in your diet. Even better is the fact that you are assured that your vegetables have no chemical residue compared to the ones you buy in the market.
It keeps you busy
Covid-19 has changed our lives. We can no longer go out for barbecue and parties on weekends, which leaves us with a lot of free time. Instead of watching TV or sleeping all day, you can start kitchen gardening. It helps pass time and its therapeutic.
Round the clock access
Most of us has that one friend that visits without informing us. The kitchen garden saves you the panic as you wonder what to prepare for your guest as well as the awkwardness of leaving them alone in the house as you rush to the market to get some onions.
Cost and time saving
One impact of the Coronavirus has been an increased cost of living. As a result, it has become a necessity to save. Growing your own vegetables can help cut your groceries budget by a huge chunk. Moreover, a kitchen garden saves you a trip to the market and you can use that time for something else.
Gardening is an excellent opportunity to bond
Instead of living your children to the internet and cartoons all day, why don’t you engage them in gardening? It will give you an opportunity to spend some time with them and bond better.
Gardening is a wonderful opportunity for your children to learn. After all, you do not want your children thinking that onions grow on trees. Gardening improves the literacy skills of your children as they learn the names of different plants and tools used in the garden. Some children may also enjoy scribbling on the soil with sticks, which improves their writing skills.
Gardening involves movement and lifting here and there. Such activities offer great opportunities for the development of your child’s motor skills. Picking the different tools and seeds you are using can help children improve their grasp.
Kitchen gardening offers a lot of benefits for you and your family. The good thing is that you don’t need a huge parcel of land for kitchen gardening. You can use the little space in your compound or make use of old tins and bags.