Do you enjoy gardening? Have you ever wanted to start but just haven’t felt motivated? Maybe played with the idea in your mind but not quite sure if it’s worth the effort? There are so many wonderful reasons to garden so let us help motivate you! We’ve been gardeners for years and years and it has been a wonderful blessing in our lives.
We wanted to take a minute and list our top 9 Benefits of Gardening! Some will be a little less obvious than others and all are well worth the effort. All in all gardening helps live a L.E.A.N. Lifestyle and is very rewarding. Make sure you check out 6 Benefits of Wood Chip Gardening for all our secrets to no weeds and an easy experience! This list is not in any specific order. Now, let’s get to it!
Don’t you just love the flavor of fresh veggies! Not only do they taste infinitely better but they also have a much higher nutrition level than produce that has sat for a long time.
It may not sound like it at first but gardening is a great form of exercise. It’s keeps you moving, stretching, bending and lifting in an easy way that isn’t overtaxing. Movement can help keep you young and feeling great!
Spending time in the sunshine can be vital to good health. Sunshine is a natural way to take in vitamin D through our skin, releases endorphins which lifts mood and increases energy, treats some skin disorders and can lower blood pressure to name just a few benefits. It’s easy to see how important getting some beautiful sunshine can be! (Source) (Source) (Source)
Knowing Where Your Food Comes From
This is something many people take for granted. We head to the store and pick up some food without really thinking about how it got there. We happen to live in a more rural area that is next to a sewer plant (lucky us, right?). Most people are very surprised to hear that we constantly see loads of human manure taken right from the sewer plant straight to conventional farmers fields (This is another reason eating organic is essential to good health). Yes, we said human manure! Gross! Most of the fields also happen to be next to high traffic roads and a golf course which means the produce is constantly hit by exhaust and chemicals. Eek!
However, when you grow the food in your own backyard you are able to monitor it. You can use organic seed, organic fertilizer and take pride in your produce.
Is there anything more glorious than a deep breath of fresh air? It can boost your immune system, increase energy, aid digestion and increase happy moods. So breath deep while you work with those lovely tomatoes! (Source) (Source)
While gardening may sound like a lot of weeds and work the truth is it can be very relaxing! Especially if you use wood chips! 😉 All the fresh air, sunshine and gentle movements can have a very therapeutic effect. It’s important to take time and smell the roses, listen to the birds and snack on some fresh peas.
Become Closer as a Family
This one may surprise some but it’s something we can testify of from experience. We have worked together in the garden ever since Anita and Melannie were old enough to walk. We’ve planted, weeded, prayed, harvested, laughed, teased and worked side by side. The result has been that we work as a team. We know that we can depend on each other and can count on one another. That in and of itself is worth a little extra sweat.
Good for Kids
This one is an extension of the previous reason. Not only do children come closer to their parents and siblings but they also learn important life lessons. Lessons like hard work, responsibility, dedication and the reward of all their hard work. We know that for us these lessons where huge blessings and being able to learn them in such a safe environment was irreplaceable.
Did you know that there are actually health benefits to walking in the grass or dirt? Who would have thought?! Benefits such as lowering stress, hormone help for women, relieving muscle tension, and reducing inflammation in the body. Pretty great benefits for simply touching good ol’ dirt and grass! (Source)
If you are new to organic gardening (or even if you are a pro) make sure you check out our 2 Ingredient Organic Wasp Spray, 2 Organic Pest Control Recipes, Hot Pepper Organic Bug Control and Tips for Growing and Freezing Herbs and Greens. We’ve been organic gardeners for a long time and would love to share our secrets with you!
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