Gardening is important because it offers so many benefits to our physical health, and mental well-being. It’s a simple way to connect with nature and express your creativity while experiencing a sense of achievement. From kids to seniors, everyone loves to garden, and it’s easy to start and maintain a small garden too!
Gardening has become increasingly popular in recent years, and there are many good reasons and options to get started. From common vegetable or herb gardens to fruit trees and flower gardens. If your garden space is limited, container gardening or square-foot gardening is the best way to maximize the limited amount of space that you have. Growing plants in containers is simple and you can involve your family members to help you create your successful garden. So why wait? Get your beautiful garden going today!
Health benefits of gardening
Vegetable gardening is an excellent way to achieve better health for many reasons. You can keep track of what you’re putting into your food because you are growing fresh food from your own backyard garden. There are many health concerns with buying vegetables at the store mainly the use of various chemical fertilizers.
Aside from the possible toxic chemicals that can be associated with mass food production, fresh produce is 50% higher in nutrients because it’s fresher than fruits and vegetables that are shipped long distance to your local grocery store, another bonus to your health!
When you cultivate your own fresh vegetables, you are aware of the growth process, and maintenance as well as when they were harvested; something you don’t know with store-bought products that can be on the shelf for a long time.
And you might find that you are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables because there’s an abundance of them and they are tasty! I absolutely love being able to go out to my garden and pick a salad for lunch. Various types of lettuce are easy to grow, as are tomatoes. What else do you want in your salad? Cucumbers, radishes, carrots? Your garden’s got you covered!
The only thing that is missing is the salad dressing, and you can grow herbs and make your own salad dressing as well. Having a home garden is almost like having a personal chef! I mean, the garden doesn’t cook it for you, but it’s the next best thing.
In addition to eating fresh and healthy produce gardening is a good way to spend time outside in the sun and absorb vitamin d.
Gardening is Economical
Starting a home garden will require some upfront costs and hard work to get set up, all of your hard work will pay off once your garden is thriving. You might even be surprised to see how much you can save on food. Think of the money you spend on your garden as an investment. The outcome will cost you less than buying vegetables at the store, and they taste better.
The cost of vegetables, especially organic vegetables continues t go up, just think of the many vegetables that you can grow in your garden! Gardening gives you a healthier alternative to store-bought or processed foods.
Gardening is good for your physical and mental health
Home gardening has been proven to be therapeutic, provide stress relief, it can reduce symptoms of anxiety, and depression and it can even help to improve your attention span.
For many people, gardening increases physical activity, improves overall health, and provides a sense of accomplishment. If offers peace beauty and tranquility and a greater sense of mental well-being which is perfect for reducing your stress levels.
The social benefits of gardening
If you don’t have the space for any home gardens, you can always join a community garden which is a garden where people come together to grow their own produce. In most cases, each gardener will have a space for their own garden in a larger garden.
Community gardens are a great way to bring people together as they work on their gardens. These gardens have been gaining popularity over the past few years. In addition to growing your own vegetables, you will reap the benefits of socializing with your fellow gardeners.
Environmental benefits of gardening
Plants can positively impact in many ways. From absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to producing nourishment for wildlife. Not only that, but their extensive cover can help nourish the soil and maintain soil health.
In addition, when you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you will contribute to decreasing your carbon footprint from food packaging, refrigeration, and transportation.
Plants also have a huge impact on bees, which are one of the most important animal pollinators in nature and very important for a healthy environment.
Bees visit gardens to collect nectar and pollen as food for themselves. Not only will the garden benefit the bees, but the bees will benefit your garden. Pollination is critical for plants to reproduce and produce seeds.
Pollen is necessary for the growth of fruits, vegetables, and seeds because it contains the plant’s reproductive cells that allow fertilization to occur. If you are a gardener who wants healthy crops, having bees around is a good idea because they will increase fruit and vegetable production by cross-pollinating different varieties. When bees get the nutrients they need, your garden will have more flowers and plants. Not Traveling far,
How to get started
As you can see, there are many reasons to start a vegetable or flower garden. It can be therapeutic, and you will feel so accomplished when you start harvesting your own food.
If you are ready to start your garden, first pick a good spot with lots of sunshine, consider what to plant, but the seeds or plants, clear the ground and start planting! Happy Gardening!