An edible garden is just as the term suggests, a garden with consumable herbs, vegetables, flowers or seeds.
When it comes to starting an edible garden, size does not matter and one can get started with minimal costs and effort. For those living in high-rise buildings and lack a plot of land, small containers by the balcony or a window box are all that is needed.
The ease and simplicity of set up, combined with practical benefits, make it an increasingly popular hobby for urban dwellers. Even property developers are jumping on the bandwagon by offering edible gardens as a facility in their developments to encourage urban farming and foster community ties.
If you are still not convinced, here are three reasons to start your own edible garden:
Growing your own herbs and vegetables at home translates to better cost savings and saves you trips to the supermarket to resupply.
The pandemic has also shown us how disruptions to the supply chain and restrictions to global trade can affect supplies in grocery stores.
Thankfully, we were spared the brunt of these effects here in Malaysia with price controls and relatively steady supplies, but learning to be self-sufficient will inevitably pay off in times of crisis.
A healthier option
Herbs and vegetables found in markets can be ladened with pesticides and chemicals to preserve the produce and this can be detrimental to the human body in the long run.
Many accredited research papers show a positive correlation between pesticides and cancer, with some studies suggesting children are particularly sensitive to the carcinogenic effects of pesticides.
Organic options are available but are often pricier than the chemical-laden agriculture, which makes growing your herbs and vegetables via organic means the safest and most sensible option.
Relaxing and fulfilling hobby
While an edible garden is not quite a Japanese Zen Garden, it might just be the next best thing.
Gardening is a fruitful hobby that is beneficial to physical wellbeing, and there is even strong evidence to suggest gardening eases mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Utilising Japanese technology, Midorie has perfected the use of a soil-free medium known as Pafcal for growing plants that require little maintenance and less watering. The company’s foray into growing vegetables is led by its division called Vegetory.