Fresh Air, Fresh Food: Benefits of a Home Garden in the D

By: Toni Cunningham | May 27, 2014

Nothing screams “warm weather” more than a bountiful home garden filled with glorious Gerbera daisies and lush lettuce. While you could spend your spring and summer months purchasing bagged lettuce from the local supermarket to put together a salad, you could also grow it in your very own backyard.

Home gardens are worth all the TLC they require for several reasons. In no particular order, here are a few generous benefits they offer:

The Health Benefits 

They’re bountiful, just like the flowers and veggies you’ll be growing in no time. Do you ever stop and wonder how many gross pesticides and creepy crawlies have been all over the produce you’re about to put on your dinner table? While your home garden will still have insects, you are the one in control of the pesticide sprayer. Which you should definitely NOT use. What sounds like a more health conscious decision: grabbing a fast food burger on the way home from work, or walking into your backyard in the evening to put together a salad with ingredients you’ve just picked?

The Eco Benefits 

Do your part to reduce your carbon footprint by growing your own food. If you’re an omnivore, you’re certainly not going to stop eating burgers all summer. But, you might start to implement Meatless Mondays and whip up a fresh veggie stir-fry every once in a while. If you’re a herbivore, a vegetable garden will keep you from making so many trips to the grocery store or farmers market, and thus, you’ll save Mother Nature from some excessive pollution via the emissions from your vehicle.

The Monetary Benefits 

By growing your own produce, you can avoid eating out every other night like you’re used to. However, by any means don’t stop eating out all together, because Metro Detroit has way too many tasty restaurants with fresh and local ingredients for that to happen. Ever.

Relax

Tending to your herb, vegetable and/or flower garden will provide a catharsis that typically requires a yoga session to achieve. Your new hobby will give you some time to think, clear your mind, and tend to something that will result in an awesome end product. And, if you’re still yearning for yoga, you can set up your mat right next to your new abundant flowerbeds and get working on your tree pose.

Be Happy

I mean really, how can one be sad whilst staring at a backyard full of pretty flowers and ravishing radishes?

When it comes to starting your own home garden, you’re going to need supplies. As in some soil, seeds, plants, and tools, for starters. All of which can be found at the following local greenhouses:

Should you need a little help jumpstarting your newfound hobby and home garden, there are actually several garden-related events and classes in the Metro Detroit area that will teach you everything you need to know:

Saturday, May 24 

Free Garden Club Class: Easy Grows It! at Ray-Hunter Florist & Garden, 16153 Eureka Rd., Southgate, at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 27 

Get Ready to Garden: Basic Gardening at Gesu Church Parish Center, 17180 Oak Dr., Detroit (part of Keep Growing Detroit’s Education Series), at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 4

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Workshop: Using Recycled Materials in the Garden at Lincoln Street Art Park, 5926 Lincoln St., Detroit (part of Keep Growing Detroit’s Education Series), at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 28

Free In-store Presentation: Perennial Gardening 101 at all Metro Detroit English Garden store locations at 10 a.m.

Enjoy all of the plentiful produce and vast vegetation your garden produces this spring and summer!