You hear a lot about people growing vegetable gardens when the economy gets tight. In World War II, there were victory gardens, and during most of the recessions since the Great Depression there have been those who worry the country is going to fall apart, so they start growing their own food so they’ll have something to eat if it does. But, growing a garden doesn’t have to be about battling extreme conditions, it can also be about doing something to help ease tension when there is economic uncertainly in the air. Below are five ways that growing a vegetable garden can help ease tension due to economic uncertainty.
1 – By lowering your grocery bill: One of the more obvious ways to reduce economic tension is to reduce the amount of money you spend each month on food. Growing a vegetable garden can allow you to spend the money you usually spend on vegetables, on something else, or, better yet, put it in the bank or pay down debt.
2 – By giving you a feeling of being in control: When you plant your own vegetables, you can feel the surge of control coursing through your veins. Come hell or high water, you and your family won’t go hungry. Or if thing aren’t all that dire, you’ll at least have a hedge against inflation should it begin to replace stagnation as it takes longer for things to improve than all the economists predict. Planting your own food in times of uncertainty just makes good sense.
3 – By nudging you to eat more vegeta
bles: As if lowering your food bills wasn’t enough, by planting your own vegetables, you feel more inclined to eat them. For most people, this means eating more vegetables than they normally do, especially if they can or freeze some of the harvest. And eating more vegetables makes people healthier which makes them more able to cope with stressful situations.
4 – By getting you outside and moving around: Very few things help ease tension more than getting out and moving around, especially in the great outdoors. And growing a vegetable garden does just that. You’ll be outside tilling the soil in the spring, then planting and eventually, weeding and watering and tending to your crops to make sure bugs and animals don’t get to them before you can reap the rewards of your efforts. And then there is harvest time and the great sense of accomplishment and pride when you serve those vegetables to those you love.
5 – By giving you something else to focus on: Next to getting outside and moving around, finding something else to focus your mind on is probably the best thing people can do when economic hard times come around. That’s why it’s good to have something like gardening to keep your mind off your worries and onto something more productive, like growing your own food.
These five ways that growing a vegetable garden can help you ease economic tension, are for anyone who is feeling worried about their own economic future and is looking for a way to alleviate some of that in a positive way.