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  • Writer's pictureSteve & Kendra Day

Gardening and Growing Your Own Food

We recently went to Virginia to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. We were awed by the lush landscape. Every rural road was lined with trees, green foliage, and no billboards. It was beautiful. In addition to the outstanding countryside, we noticed many homes were naturally landscaped and enriched with raised planters filled with vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and fruits. Even the store owners had planter boxes, filled with edible delights accentuating their storefronts.

The natural beauty and gardens inspired us to investigate building our own planters and starting an edible garden in our backyard. There is a lot to learn about urban gardening and we are excited to uncover the gems of a new passion.

Starting your own garden can help you, the environment, and the value of your home. Our lives are so busy and gardening has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, all the while increasing mood. Gardening can also reduce the risk of heart disease and dementia. Getting out into the sun increases your vitamin D intake, and gardening is a low impact form of exercise. Gardening also helps the environment in many ways. Gardens release oxygen back into the environment and increase the production of oxygen supply. Reduction of pollution is another benefit of a personal garden.

It wouldn’t be proper realtor etiquette not to mention the impact gardens have on your home’s value. Homeowners who are thinking about selling their houses should take gardening under consideration. Adding flowers and plants to the front yard adds to the curb appeal. A home with a garden, rich with vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers is very attractive to prospective buyers adding a unique quality to homes and their value.

Happy gardening! Email us pictures of your garden and ideas on how to start growing your own food ( We can’t wait to hear your stories!

If you’re interested in learning how to improve your home’s curb appeal or need referrals for a landscape designer, gardener, or handyman to start refreshing your yard, we’d be happy to make some recommendations.

Call Steve at 310-529-6456.

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