The Health Benefits of Growing Vegetables

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

- Alfred Austin

World Health Day 2022, and what better time to highlight on some of the health benefits of growing your own vegetables. Read on to see why growing at home nurtures your soul, as Alfred Austin once said.

carrot seedlings in the sun
  1. Fresh Vegetables are the Best Vegetables

The time between picking vegetables and eating them matters – and there is no quicker way to go from plant to plate than if you harvest them yourself. The fresher vegetables are, the healthier they are. This is because exposure to heat, light and oxygen leads to some of the nutrients and vitamins breaking down and losing their health benefits.

rainbow chard harvest
  1. It’s Great for You

Caring for young seedlings and watching them grow, and having a closer connection with soil and nature has been shown to improve mental health and reduce stress. Studies have shown that there are even benefits just by being close to greenery.

Then you get to harvesting your vegetables. There is something magical about eating something you’ve grown, and that only gets better when sharing with your friends and family. Whether it’s just a few peas on the side of the plate, or a whole summer salad - because it’s your own, it will transform the meal.

carrots harvested
  1. Don’t forget the Micro-Nutrients

Intensive use of fertilisers in industrial farming has depleted the worlds soils of many important micro-nutrients. The fertilisers we rely on just supply the 3 most important nutrients (the macro-nutrients) to the plants - Nitrogen, Potassium & Phosphorous - to keep crops growing on the same land, leaving the rest of the nutrients (the micro-nutrients) to deplete.

Vegetables grown on these lands have shown a consistent decline in nutritional value over the last 80 years. Home grown veg reverses this trend, and is packed full of all the healthy micro-nutrients.

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