Benefits of Home Gardening!

1. Home Gardening Is Versatile - No matter how much space you have, you can always find room for a few plants. This is true even if you live in an apartment or only have a small porch. All you need is a “Do-It-Yourself” attitude and a bit of creativity.

2. Home Gardening Relieves Stress - Gardening can be a very soothing hobby. Digging in the dirt and watching veggies grow a bit every day is incredibly rewarding. Gardening relieves stress. You’re outdoors, you’re getting exercise, and best of all, the activity often takes your mind off work and other stress in your life.

3. Home Gardening Is a Family Activity - Gardening does not have to be a solo activity! Get the whole family involved. You may be surprised by how much fun you can all have together. Finding fun activities for the whole family to participate in can be tough and we often resort to spending a bunch of money to have fun, but working in a garden together costs nothing. Your kids might love helping you grow veggies in the garden. Research shows that children wantto eat the vegetables they have grown in their family garden.

4. Home Gardens Save Money - For many people, this is the number one reason to start a garden. One well-known seed company estimates that for every $50 a family spends on seeds and fertilizer, they’ll reap $1,250 in produce! You can maximize the money you save by being smart about what you grow. Make sure you plant seeds for things you’ll actually enjoy eating. Some of the most popular options include tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, and zucchini. Vegetables, like tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, and beets are easy to preserve with home canning or freezing. Cool weather crops like carrots, potatoes, onions, and winter squash can be stored for quite a long time. When these vegetables are harvested, you can easily store them for several weeks, or even months. So even if you can’t eat them right away, they’ll keep long enough for you to use them up over time

5. You Can Grow Your Own Herbs and Spices - Herbs are really expensive to buy in the store. Growing rosemary, basil, oregano, and other herbs and spices in your garden is a great way to save some money! Keep in mind that even if you can’t use your herbs fresh right now, you can always dry them and use them over the next several months. This can save you money because you won’t need to buy these dried herbs at the grocery store.

6. Home Gardens Are Green and Sustainable - Buying natural organic food is expensive. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is the most organic you can get! You’ll be helping the environment and saving money at the same time.Create your own compost at home. Compost is very expensive if you buy it at the store!This garden essential is 100% free, and lessens the impact on the environment by keeping food waste out of the landfill.

7. Great Online Information for Gardening is Only a "Click" Away!

TEXAS AGRILIFE - Your County Extension Agents

Texas Vegetable Home Gardening Guide

Vegetable Gardening in Containers

8. Ask your local WIC office about our gardening classes!