Have you ever wondered why people adore their gardens and take so much pride in gardening? Well, you may not know it, but gardening has a lot of benefits. In this blog post, we cover what those benefits are, along with what plants to to start with so your garden can grow and prosper!
Benefits of Gardening
1. Improves Health
Gardening offers a wide range of health benefits. According to research, gardening helps reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Because of this reason, this outdoor activity is quite common among the elderly.
Gardening also involves a lot of hard work and movement – a great way to lose weight. When you work in the sun, you absorb vital vitamin D and calcium, which keeps your immune system strong and bones healthy.
2. Helps You Relax
Gardening is a great source of comfort and happiness. When you put your mind and heart into planting and growing, you forget the stresses of your life for the time being. Staying amongst greenery also helps improve your mood.
3. Allows You to Enjoy Fresh Produce
Growing your own fruits and veggies is a delightful activity. The end result is also quite fulfilling and rewarding. The fruits and vegetables you grow are hundred-percent fresh, safe, and healthy. Plus, the taste of fresh produce is so much better!
4. Makes You More Active and Strong
Gardening is a lot of work. It involves digging, fertilizing, pruning, cultivating, and whatnot. In the process of doing all of these tasks, you become active as well as develop a lot of strength.
When to Start Gardening
This depends on the type of fruit, vegetable, or flower you are planning to grow. Follow this link to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for a guide that helps you understand what planting zone you live in so you can pick the best dates to grow your fruits and vegetables.
The planting calendar varies depending on the city you live in. For instance, the planting calendar for the United States suggests planting some vegetable seeds in late winter to enjoy early summer harvest.
What to Plant in Your Garden
There are so many fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees that you can grow in your garden. However, if you are a beginner, we’ll suggest you pick plants that are easy and quick to grow. These include:
Fruits to Grow
- Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and honeyberries)
- Currants (black, red, or white)
Vegetables to Grow
- Lettuce and Cabbage
- Onions and garlic
Flowers to Grow
Gardening is a great form of exercise, and you should consider it if you haven’t already. If gardening intimidates you, start with easy-to-grow crops and soon you will become a pro at planting!
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