Have you fallen under the spell of gardening? If not, these five reasons, offered by , just might do the trick!
One: A Secure Source of Delicious, Healthy Food
The supermarket may stock plenty of produce, but it can be difficult to determine which ones may contain harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers that you want to avoid. When the food is grown at home, however, it becomes easy to avoid unwanted chemicals and choose healthy, natural growing methods, instead.
Two: Stretching Food Dollars
In addition to safety, growing food in any quantity helps families stretch their food budgets, without sacrificing nutrition or taste. With just a few pots of soil on a windowsill, or a small plot of ground, families can enjoy a constant supply of herbs and produce for a fraction of the supermarket price. Food savings get even bigger when more varieties are grown and the family consumes some of the bounty fresh and preserves the excess for winter use.
Three: Enhancing Your Home & Property
Ask any real estate agent you know and they will agree that a property that offers a pleasing variety of well cared for plants, trees and bushes is more attractive to potential buyers than one that offers only a bare lot. Even if you do not plan to sell your property, gardening can add bursts of color, lush greenery and cooling shade that enhances your home and offers added enjoyment.
Four: Increasing Activity Levels
We all know that exercise is good for us, but we may not have the time, physical capability or desire to join a gym or train for a marathon. Gardening, however, is an excellent form of low-impact exercise that increases flexibility, endurance and overall fitness levels right in your own backyard. Bending, stretching and lifting take the place of rigorous workout moves and the steady activity of digging, weeding or picking can raise your heart rate in a much more enjoyable manner than spending time on the treadmill.
Five: Reducing Stress Levels
The same activities that allow gardening to count as exercise are also known to improve mental health and . In the garden, however, the added beauty of nature combined with fresh air and sunshine not only reduces stress, they also aid relaxation and encourage healthy sleep patterns.
Now that you know that for you, your family and the environment, maybe its time to cross over to the land of gardening enthusiasts. Whether you do it in your own backyard, on a sunny deck or porch or even in your windowsill, watching tiny seeds transform into vigorous plants is a process that never goes out of style.