We’ve already covered the Environmental Benefits of Indoor Gardening and Hydroponics, but growing your own food in the comfort of your home doesn’t just benefit the environment…it benefits you and your loved ones as well. Here’s a look at just how that is…
Do you know what your food is made of? You do when you grow it yourself. Growing your own food means that you control the types of fertilizers used, and that you can eliminate harmful pesticides and herbicides completely.
And when you’re growing your own food, you’re always harvesting and consuming fresh food. Unlike store bought groceries that sometimes sit in your refrigerator for days until they become too unappealing to eat any longer, homegrown food is harvested when you’re ready to consume it. That means that the food you consume will always be at its peak freshness, and it will provide you with its peak nutritional value as well.
Getting started with hydroponics and indoor gardening can be expensive, but the savings associated with growing fresh, healthy, clean food year after year are even more significant. The iHarvest® can grow more than 30-60 heads of romaine lettuce per month, on average. The uHarvest® can grow 12-18 heads of romaine lettuce per month, on average. Multiple those by 12 months, and you’ve found a way to calculate your yearly potential savings from growing food in the iHarvest® and uHarvest®. Use other combinations of fruits and vegetables that can be grown to personalize your financial savings estimates.
By the way, did you know that in 2022 fresh fruit costs 10% more than it did a year ago, and fresh vegetables cost nearly 6% more than they did last year? These days, food inflation is one more way that you can save when you grow your food at home.
Family Activities and Learning:
Fresh food isn’t only healthy for the body, but for the mind too. It is especially healthy for the young people in our lives. For instance, one research study found that preschool children who were almost always served homegrown fruits and vegetables were more than twice as likely to eat five servings a day than those who rarely or never ate homegrown produce.
And growing food together means spending quality time together. Growing food together with your family is a wonderful way to teach important lessons about health, science, sustainability, nature and more.
Happiness, Focus and Relaxation:
Did you know that indoor plants may be able to reduce stress and anxiety? Studies have even shown that house plants improve concentration and productivity by up to 15%, making your indoor garden perfect for the living room or home office! It appears that most of these benefits are purely aesthetic, which discounts the wonderful benefit we get from touching and caring for our plants as well.
You should feel great about growing fresh produce indoors. Beyond the ability to save money over the long-term, growing your own food is likely to make you and your loved ones healthier and happier. Let’s Grow Together!