Here’s why we should all grow our own plants.

 

      1.You will take control over your health and nutrition.

 

Growing on your own means having an opportunity to raise healthy organic plants (and of course food). You can grow whatever you like: mint and lemongrass, lettuce and parsley, needless to mention all those colorful flowers and orchids.

You can choose among a wide range of plants and vegetables to serve your palate and choice.You will never run out of something fresh to eat, and that’s a huge privilege in today’s urban life. A regular supply of organic and fresh food will definitely help you remain healthy

      2.You will be saving money.

 

Here’s how:

Say you eat vegetables worth 100 rupees per day. Say out of that 100 rupees, your own produce is worth 10 rupees. Saving in a day: 10 rupees. In a month: 300 rupees.A year:   3600 rupees.

Well, why not buy a new pair of shoes with this money? Or some books? Your  call. How about adding some plants in your herb garden?

      3.You will reduce your environmental impact.

 

As much as 5 ml of oxygen per hour can come from an average houseplant  under right conditions.This means that by growing plants, you are doing a greater good for the earth and the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. In case you don’t know what carbon footprint means,it is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community.

All the while, you won’t have to worry about the household waste, you can recycle your wastes to compost and feed your plants.

      4.You will be a responsible person.

 

You seed them, you water them at the right time, you weed them, you monitor their growth and at the right time you harvest! Growing plants and vegetables on your own means you learn to take care of them in an organised and progressive manner. It takes a lot of responsibility to be a grower, while in return growing makes you a more responsible person.

       5.You will gain a rewarding, mindful experience.

 

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the  slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.— May Sarton

It is an wonderful thing, if we think that way, to raise plants from their seeds, to be their nurturer and caregiver and on the other end to get a reward in the form of food and beauty. Plants indeed are the truest friends.

 Author: Subash Chapagain