The Benefits of Gardening
Wendy Christman #413270
June 12, 2015
The Benefits of Gardening
As a necessity for survival we as a people have always had to be self-sufficient at providing for ourselves. Gardening has been that pathway to nutrition. Along with sustenance there are many other benefits that gardening provides. Gardening provides us with relaxation, respite, nutrition, healthier eating habits, ability to grow organically, and pride in what you have grown. Gardening is hard work, it is a work out to till up the soil and add fertilizer, pull the weeds and keep the weeds from taking over the garden on a daily or weekly basis. Even though gardening is time consuming, everyone should have a garden because gardening provides nutrition, is relaxing and provides better health.
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We all grow our vegetables organically. We are able to give our families better nutrition than what we could afford at the stores.
While nurturing my garden I found how peaceful it was to be out there in the dirt, watering it every day. Soon the seeds would poke up through the ground and I would look for progress every morning. This process is very relaxing for me personally. I have expanded my garden this year and doubled its size, adding more work, more food, and relaxation.
Gardening has proven to be beneficial to your health, mentally and physically. “ Nature has long been known for its relaxing qualities, as a place for humans to find tranquility and healing”. Gardening can reduce stress and provide mental clarity while also helping to prevent everything from coronary disease to colon cancer. (Darnton & MCGuire, 2014). The health benefits on blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer, and premature death are measureable. There have been numerous studies done over the years on the health benefits of gardening. With how much information that is out there, and the free gardening advice available such as can be found through neighbors, friends, facebook, pinterest, local garden shops, large box shops, garden centers, it is surprising that everyone doesn’t have a garden.
The reward in having food year round for my family is a great feeling for me. Healthy food that is, without chemicals, almost for free. Foods that I grew, in a garden that my family built. We get to enjoy the beautiful view of colorful vegetable plants along the horizon of our yard. This is the most peaceful and relaxing thing I could ask for. With the benefits to one’s health, ability for better nutrition, and to aid in relaxation. Having a garden is a great hobby to pursue with little expenditure.
Darnton, J., & MCGuire, L. (2014). What are the physical and mental benefits of gardening? Retrieved from http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/what_are_the_physical_and_mental_benefits_of_gardening