When I was young, during summer break my mom would drag me out of bed and get me to help her with gardening. I remember how much I used to dislike it. All that back-breaking work in the sweltering heat, plus the sweat, the dirt and grime… It was all a little too disdainful for me. I was a spoiled brat who hated getting my hands into the soil. And if my finger so much as touched a teeny tiny part of any creepy crawly, I would jump and scream. I often wondered why in the world people love gardening so much.
Now that I’m older everything has taken a complete 360° turn. I have fallen in love with gardening, and I feel grateful for everything my mom taught me about it. There are so many benefits of gardening, that it should be part of every homeowner’s life. Whether you live in a house with a big yard, or an apartment building with very little space, gardening will help you in so many ways.
A continuous supply of fresh fruits and vegetables
When you have your own vegetable garden, you get to enjoy a continuous supply of fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. There is no need to buy at a local store because you can just harvest straight from your own backyard. Because of this, you get to save a lot of money. Also, you have complete confidence that you are eating clean, fresh and organic food, without the harmful pesticides that usually come with the store-bought kind. And there is simply nothing more delicious and enjoyable than food grown with your own bare hands.
The best decoration you can add to your home is a flourishing garden. The lush, deep green of the leaves and shrubs, the magnificent colors of the blooming flowers, the sweet blend of fragrance that fills the air… all this makes a home a cozy, magical place to live in. Even if you live in a small apartment without any space to grow a garden, you can still fill it with plants and flowers, and believe me, it makes a huge difference in giving life and love to your home.
One of the important benefits of gardening is that it provides a natural habitat for bees and butterflies, for caterpillars and ladybugs, and the many insects and creeping things that typically thrive in nature, thus promoting ecological balance and harmony. Plants and animals coexisting together in a little piece of paradise. If we can get more people to grow a garden in their own backyards, then our collective effort will greatly benefit our environment.
Bonding with family
Having a garden gives the opportunity to bond with family and friends. Life is so hectic, so fast-paced, that we usually forget to spend more time with people we love. But having a garden gives us the chance to set aside everything else, and just be together. Gardening with family is so much fun. Especially if you have kids, you can teach them the basics of gardening and have fun doing it. You can let them harvest fruits and vegetables, and instill in them the love of gardening at a very young age. You can hold brunches in your garden, or summer parties and get-togethers, allowing you quality time with your loved ones.
One of the best benefits of gardening is that it promotes healing, both externally and internally. Gardening allows you to move your body and be active, which is great for your physical health. It allows you to be exposed to the sun, which is also very important to our well-being. Additionally, gardening is very healing to the mind and emotions. It washes away anxiety and stress. In my experience, gardening calms my nerves, relieves stress and provides peace of mind. When the world around you gets chaotic and a bit too much, a garden can give you the peace and solitude that you seek.
A garden is a place where dreams are born and imagination grows. So if you haven’t started a garden yet, now is the perfect time to do so! HAPPY GARDENING!
Ready to start your garden? Get some tips here: Garden Planning Tips
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