When I was doing research about the benefits gardening, my mind was blown away because of what I found.
Yes! they are only 9 benefits of gardening impact 3 different areas of our life, but they have a very huge impact.
Just let me show you.
According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, pest control chemicals or -pesticides- linked to a big number of health-related problems.
Some of them have a negative effect on the nervous system, while others cause skin or eyes irritation.
In your garden you won’t use and pesticides for pest control. Instead, you will use natural methods, which protect your health from any traces of chemicals.
Fact: Do you know? Some traces of pesticides can be found in non-organic vegetables or fruits even after washing them.
In research about the quality of organic VS conventional fruits, vegetables, and grains, It is highlighted that organics have a higher percentage of some nutrients like vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
More Physical Activity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC mentioned on its website that gardening can provide the 2.5 hours per week of moderate physical activity.
These required 2.5 hours per week will make you less likely to be obese or have:
- Have high blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Colon cancer
- Premature death
All that benefits for just being active in your garden for almost 22 minutes per day = 2.5 hours per week.
For even more benefits, NHS website advises people to expose their skin, hands or forearms for example, to sunlight without sunscreen.
Especially From late March or early April to the end of September during the hours from 11 am to 3 pm. That exposure encourages the skin to produce vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones.
They are not sure how long you should stay under sunlight, one thing for sure is to know your limits and protect yourself for overexposure under sunlight.
The beauty of having a garden is you won’t have to buy vegetables from your grocery store anymore.
In worth cases, you would have to buy the minimum amount or buy what you don’t grow.
Your garden will provide you with free, fresh food pretty much any time you need and your food budget will be cut in half.
To save money, even more, there are some tips you need to consider:
- Grow what you eat
Go for the vegetables you regularly eat, especially expensive ones.
- Buy only the tools you really need
Some of the tools you will be using can be replaced by D.I.Y ideas. For example, you can grow indoors using yogurt cups or plastic bottles instead of buying containers.
Good Teaching Tool For Kids
When gardening became a teaching tool in schools the following impacts noticed on students:
- Improve self-esteem and attitudes toward school
- Improve social skills and behavior
- Increase interest in eating fruits and vegetables and improve attitude toward fruits and vegetables. I know every parent will love to know that.
- Improve life skills, including working with groups and self-understanding
- Increase self-esteem
And the list of benefits goes on.
Gardening brings people together everywhere. As you start gardening for the first time you will need any help you can get.
That my dear friend will help you connect more with other people.
For instance, there are online gardening communities where you can visit to ask for advice and talk with other gardeners like you.
Also, you can go to gardening events near you to see more people and share gardening knowledge with them.
The best part is you can give your neighbors some of the food you are growing as a token of friendship. They will appreciate and they may even gift you back. 😀
For The Environment
Big farms use inorganic or chimerical fertilizers to support plants with the nutrients it needs for growth.
It may be a quick solution, but it has a bad impact on the soil.
A review made to see the effects of fertilizers on soil’s microbial growth and populations proves that inorganic fertilizers deplete the soil from the organic matter it has.
On the long run, soil organisms will decreases in number until it disappears completely due to the lack of organic matter.
Also, you have to be careful when using these kinds of fertilizers. If you add too much of it to the soil it will burn the plants.
On the other hand, organic fertilizers do wonders for the soil.
- It proved soil’s organisms like microbes with the organic matter it needs to thrive.
- On the long run, it improves soil structure and health.
In fewer words, organic fertilizers job is to keep natural and keep the harmony of the soil’s ECO system.
Fact: Soil microbes’ job is to break down the organic matter to make it available in a form the plant can use.
Reduces food waste
You can dramatically reduce your home food wast by using any left-overs vegetables or fruit to make compost to fertilize your garden.
This is unbelievably important.
Do you know? In the U.S.A, some 27 million metric tons of food waste recorded in 2015 from homes ALONE.
Very big and scary number, I know right. But that not just about it there is more, sadly!
The crisis behind wasted food is when massed in landfills it produces a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
That kind of emissions is responsible for climate forcing -a change in the Earth’s energy balance, leading to either a warming or cooling effect over time-.
In 25 years from 1990 to 2015, the total warming effect from greenhouses gasses made by humans increased by 37%.
Now you get the picture.
By doing a thing as easy and small as saving leftovers to compost them, you are making a huge favor for yourself and the environment.
Fights soil erosion
If you have a very big field and leaving in a rainy region and afraid that rain sweeps away the soil, you can protect it by turning it into a garden.
In an experiment made to learn the importance of cover for the soil. Results have shown that 22 tonnes per hectare of uncovered soil were lost with a 70% rainfall runoff from a 54mm storm.
So to prevent rainfall from sweeping the land away, you can cover the land with grass and some trees and you can even make a section for vegetables too, to keep the soil where it should be.
I hope you are as motivated as I’m now and can see how important this is.
From health to lifestyle and the environment, gardening is a very awesome way to help yourself, each other and our Earth.
If you know or experienced other gardening benefits, please tell us about it in the comment section.
So what are you waiting for? Start gardening, NOW!