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Monday, March 14, 2016

Why buying a home with room to garden is so important

By Ryan Martin

Buying a home is an exciting process, with the opportunity to explore a variety of different environments in a quest to find that perfect space to call your own. When looking for your new home, it’s important to make sure that you’ve got plenty of room for gardening. Modernize knows you’ll be glad that you put gardening on the front burner during the home purchase process—here’s why:

Save Some Money

One of the best reasons to buy a home with room to garden is that you’ll save lots of money on food throughout the year. Even if you grow your own herbs, tomatoes, and greens, you’ll likely save a noticeable amount on your grocery bills. But with room to garden at your own home, you can go a step further and raise some chickens for fresh eggs on a regular basis.

The chickens will pay their rent by providing free fertilizer and keeping intrusive bugs to a minimum both in your garden and around your home. You’ll likely find that chickens are a joy to hang around and will help keep your stress levels in check, as vegetable farming does. In the end, the money you spend on farming and gardening is sure to pay off with money saved on food, health expenses, and lifestyle costs overall.

Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

By making sure that your new home has room for gardening, you’ll reduce your household’s overall carbon footprint as time goes on by minimizing your CO2 emissions and your need for the overall resources, such as gas and pesticides, that go into producing the foods you would normally buy at the store if you weren’t able to produce them at home. The closer your food is grown to your home, the less water, soil, and other resources you contribute to the need for—so kudos for gardening and keeping chickens on your new property!

Become an Inspirational Role Model

A fun benefit of buying a home with plenty of room to garden is that you get to become a positive role model for your family, friends, and even neighbors throughout your community. You can teach others how easy it is to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, lettuce, and even potatoes—as well as care for chickens in a way that is beneficial for everyone involved. Sharing gardening and farming tips with neighbors is a great way to build camaraderie as the newcomer, so enjoy the opportunity.

You’ll love the closer relationship you are sure to experience when spending time in your home garden. You can expect less stress, increased fitness levels, and a healthier lifestyle overall.

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