I really can’t think of any reason NOT to work in my garden. Probably because I don’t consider it work but rather a labor of love. I know there are people out there that disagree with me, but consider all of the positive attributes to gardening. While there are many, here are the top 5 reasons to start a garden.
1. It’s a healthy food source. There has been much emphasis on organic, sustainable food in the last decade. What better way to monitor your health and that of your family then growing your own produce? No additives, no preservatives, less risk of food borne illness. To me, it’s a no brainer.
2. It’s good for your health. Not only will you be eating healthier, but gardening is great exercise. No need to pay for a gym. One hour of moderate gardening can burn up to 300 calories for women and almost 400 for men! Much of gardening involves lifting heavy objects, stretching and even mowing the lawn is comparable to a vigorous walk on the treadmill. Gardening is also beneficial to your mental health by relieving stress and providing an arena without excess stimuli where you can “Zen out.”
3. It’s educational. Gardeners are constantly learning, which keeps us mentally nimble. You can even get a degree at a community college or university, or complete a Master Gardener program. See, you’re not only learning, but the potential for a fulfilling career might be in your future.
4. It’s creative. Gardening is a great way to scratch that creative itch. Whether it’s the composition of the flower bed or an artistic twist to a trellising problem, gardening provides an outlet for the artist or the artistically challenged. Each season brings an opportunity to redecorate the garden, and garden art can even be changed out according to the season.
5. It connects people. In this day of tech gadgets when everyone in the family has their nose to their phone or computer, gardening provides a bonding experience for the whole family. Memories are made in the garden, some of them, like planting a tree, may outlast the family itself.