Whether you start a garden on a large plot of land in your backyard or a tiny indoor garden that sits on your windowsill, it's a great habit to cultivate. As you age, the more important it is for you to work on improving your diet. While it's good to purchase water filters, take supplements, and avoid fast food, you should also consider the ways that gardening can improve your diet. As you make your decision to start a garden, think about these benefits.

Organic Produce

One of the reasons why many people roll their eyes at organic produce is because of the price point. Organic produce involves more steps, and as a result, the price goes up. Even though regular produce is cheaper, you'll be ingesting foods that have been exposed to pesticides or other chemicals. Plus, there's a huge chance that you'll be eatinggenetically-modified produce. When you grow your own food, you'll eliminate the chances of ingesting harmful toxins and chemicals. In turn, this will protect your body.

Seasonal Varieties

Depending on the area you live in, there are certain types of products that thrive in specific seasons. When you're consuming the best produce your climate has to offer, you'll increase your chances of consuming nutrient-rich foods. If you live in a state like Maine, your oranges won't be as ripe or delicious as the ones that are scattered everywhere in an area with a tropical climate like Florida. Typically, farmers pick the produce when it's still at the beginning of the ripening process because it still needs to get shipped to local grocery stores across the nation. When all you need to do is head to your backyard, lift up your greenhouse shade cloth and pick a fresh tomato off of the vine, there's a level of peace you'll have when you know how intentional you were about the gardening process.


There's a marked difference between fresh produce that's grown in your garden, frozen produce, and produce that's not organic. When it's prepared in a delicious salad or in the mix with other sauteed vegetables, fresh kale can taste amazing. There are plenty of people who don't know the true sweetness of a ripe piece of fruit because they're not used to fresh, organic produce. The taste is unmatched. By growing your own food, you'll be able to consume the best that Mother Earth has to offer.

Culinary Creativity

As you learn more about gardening, your interest in learning more about the kitchen will improve as well. As you become a better cook who knows how to pair the right fruits, vegetables, and herbs together, you'll be able to produce healthy, nutritious meals that also taste amazing. In many cases, people don't fully understand the versatility that comes with adding the right measurements and ingredients to a dish. Because a plant-based diet is beginning to become more popular, more people understand the power of the right combinations. By combining the right amount of acids, heat, and salt to a dish, you can easily transform a boring bowl of root vegetables into a decadent meal. When you're producing your own vegetables, there's a certain level of pride you'll possess in making sure they're prepared and eaten in the best possible way.


A plant-based diet is the healthiest route to take for optimal health because it's a diet filled with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It's typically low in saturated fats, and it has countless benefits. When you've developed a palette that's accustomed to organic, home-grown foods, it's pretty difficult to desire anything else after a while. Your diet has a direct impact on the way your mind and body feel and operate. When you're providing it with the best nutrients that plants offer, you're creating a foundational diet for optimal health.

Never underestimate the labor involved in cultivating a garden. If you're creating a garden in your backyard, it can actually become an excellent form of exercise. If you're cultivating a small version in your house, indoor plants, herbs, and greens can be helpful in the air purification process. Not only will you be able to improve your diet, but you'll be able to improve your overall health and wellness in the process.

Author's Bio: 

Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.