There are many wonderful benefits of gardening.
Why should we start a garden?
What are the benefits of gardening?
Gardening is a great God gift. It refreshes our minds to get
away from the cares of the world.
Getting outside in the fresh air and
sunshine is healthy, plus we get some exercise.
It gives us a sense of fulfillment and
That's not even mentioning the delicious fruits and vegetables for our dinner table.
What about the lovely flowers, the birds, the bees, the butterflies and other wildlife that come to visit our garden? There are so many beauties and
wonders of nature.
The sense of fulfillment and the fruits of our
labors all add to our joy of gardening.
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let's explore the benefits of gardening
A beautiful garden will increase the value of our
- Gardening relieves stress, refreshes our mind and is healthy.
- Garden flowers are a wonderful joy of gardening. They invite butterflies and hummingbirds to our garden.
- A thoughtful garden will invite other wildlife into our yard.
- Growing fruit and vegetables puts food on the table, stocks our larder and save us money.
gardening increases our property value
- We have all heard of curb appeal. An attractive yard is pleasing to people.
Some real estate people say a well landscaped property can increase the home's value by as much as twenty percent.
Not only that, the landscape will grow and mature. A well maintained yard does not decrease in value. The trees get larger, the flowers flourish and it only gets better.
gardening relieves stress
- Getting out into nature is refreshing. We can leave the
cares of the world behind. It gives us clarity of mind.
The world looks different when we
take time to enjoy the birds and butterflies. The world seems to slow down, when
we take time admire the beauty of our flowers and enjoy their sweet fragrances.
- Gardening makes us feel good.
When we are gardening and inhale the
scent of the soil, we breathe in Mycobacterium vaccae.
soil bacteria increases the level of serotonin in our body. It fights stress
and depression. It lifts us up and makes us feel good.
Gardening is good for the entire family.
- Gardening is great for both us and the children.
Fresh air is good for our lungs and
our whole body. Sunshine on our skin produces vitamin D that helps build our
bones and boost our immune system.
Scientists now say that vitamin D has a huge effect on increasing our immunity. Let's stay healthy.
Share the joys of gardening with the children.
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Some experts say fresh air can help
prevent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and result in better
grades for students.
Studies have shown that children
exposed to soil early on have reduced allergies and autoimmune diseases.
Children like to play in dirt for a
reason. So why not share the benefits of gardening with them?
what can we grow in our gardens?
We have the options of choosing different plants for our gardens.
Trees probably add more enjoyment and value to our property than any other plants.
If we live in town, we should check with the city before planting a
tree on our property. They may have restrictions on certain trees. They
should be able to recommend what trees would be suitable for the size of
Also, check before removing any mature trees from
your property. Heritage trees are protected and may only be removed for
certain reasons and with previous permission.
Shrubs are the next largest plants in our landscape.
It's good to plant shrubs around the foundation of the house. They
look good and will give some protection to the house from sun and strong
Inquire about the mature height and width of a shrub. We
don't want to have to prune it from in front of the windows every year.
Plant it away from the house, half the distance of its
mature spread. So if the shrub will be 6' wide in maturity, plant it 3'
away from the side of the house.
Flowers are a special joy of gardening. They are my favorites.
Look around your area to see what flowers seem to grow well. We may
choose perennial flowers that come back every year. Or we may want to
plant annual flowers each year.
Our best bet is to select easy to grow flowers.
matter is we choose annual or perennial flowers, make sure they grow in
the area. Unfortunately, we sometimes see plants for sale that look
good, but they are not suited for our growing zone.
We may plant fruit and vegetables for our family to enjoy.
It used to be to prepare the vegetable garden, I would turn the earth
with a shovel. Then for years a rototiller got a workout every
Nowadays, I have graduated to growing vegetables
in containers. Vegetable are easy to water, weed and fertilize. I even
have a fig tree in a container.
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enjoy the wildlife in our gardens
- One reason garden flowers are so popular is because they attract butterflies and birds.
Butterflies like flowers where they land to comfortably feast on the pollen.
Hummingbirds enjoy the flowers rich in nectar. The long, thin bills allow them access to nectar deep in the flowers.
- Will other wildlife come to our gardens?
Our trees and shrubs provide cover and food for more birds and wildlife. They enjoy berries and places to build their nests.
Water is a great way to attract additional wildlife to our gardens.
gardening gives us a sense
- Gardening lifts our spirits and gives us a sense of
We don't have to have a green
thumb. Anyone can learn the basics of gardening and enjoy the fulfillment and joy of gardening.
It makes us feel good to see a fresh
mowed lawn or a newly pruned hedge.
It fills our heart with joy when we
see hummingbirds and butterflies coming to the flowers we have planted and
Learning new things and putting them
to practice in our garden is great for our self-esteem.
the many benefits of gardening
- We may pick an apple or a fresh tomato from our garden.
- We can share some fresh flowers with a shut-in
- We can cook a family dinner with pesticide-free fruit
and vegetables from our garden.
- We may photograph the wildlife that visit our garden.
- We enjoy the benefits of gardening with a healthier
body, a clear mind and a refreshed spirit.
the joys of the gift of gardening