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Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier
August 12, 2013 | Home >Healthy Kids > Gardening >Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier

I remember growing a garden as a child.  One thing I distinctly remember is growing ‘popcorn’ but I’m pretty sure it didn’t work out.  As a kid I didn’t really care that it didn’t work out,  I just thought it was really cool that we were growing it.  I also remember picking cherries off our cherry tree.  It was a pie cherry tree and so they were super sour and probably didn’t taste great, but I loved it!  The property we lived on had a very small ditch on it that occasionally would have a little bit of water in it.  We grew mint along the ditch and we loved playing ‘house’ and that was our fake food.  I have great memories of gardening in general which is probably why I love it as an adult.  Now that I have children it has been so fun to involve them in my passion for gardening and see them begin to grow a love for it as well.  I feel strongly that a garden can have a very positive impact on the health of your family.  These are our top 10 reasons:

1)  Teaches them where food comes from

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

2)  Provides fresh food right in your backyard

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

3)  Let’s them be involved in the food process from the beginning

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

4)  Gives them an opportunity to try things they wouldn’t normally

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

5)  Gets more produce into your kitchen

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

6)  Creates good feelings toward healthy food

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

7)  Provides them with a sense of ownership over their food choices

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

8)  Creates an opportunity for exercise

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

9)  Decreases the amount of time spent in front of the television

Top 10 Reasons Growing a Garden Helps your Family Be Healthier. When something edible is actually growing in their garden, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is!

10) Helps provide a common goal strengthened relationships within your family

If you don’t have a lot of space you can still grow a garden!  You still get the added benefits from container gardening.  It is such a fun experience to let your kids pick out seeds, plant them and then watch your plants grow.  Nothing is more exciting to them than when the first little plant pokes its way through the dirt.   When something edible is actually growing on their plant, it is hard to keep them from trying it no matter what it is.  Happy Growing!

written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(7)
Janet says:

Great article! The one plant that seems to get kids attention is the pet TickleMe plant. My students love to grow it and watch how the leaves fold and the branches droop when you Tickle It! It is a great way to start a conversation about what makes a plant and an animal an animal or is the TickleMe Plant a little of both?

Jack Rollins says:

Growing a garden with kids is great. I currently have a small one going and my kids love harvesting the crops. They also like to get more involved in the cooking process if they’ve seen how the food is grown.

K.D. says:

Love this! When my boys were 2 years old, we visited a local farm and my boys ate raw Swiss Chard right there in the garden. I was so excited we went home and started on our backyard garden right away! It has really broadened their food horizon.
If they grew it, they will try it!

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Jay Scott says:

I grew up in Southeastern KY and can remember helping my family out with the garden. I also remember eating the healthy food we got from it. This is a great article, and if you have the means (I happen to live in an apartment now), it’s a great idea to grow your own food (and it’s a lot of fun).

Love those raised beds! I really want my kids to know where things come from and looking forward to planting our first veg in the Summer.

Aqiyl Aniys says:

Growing a garden and food should be part of everyone’s life. It helps to keep the connection between people and the earth strong.

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