There are many ways for you to practice eco-responsibility. One of the best things that you can do is to plant fruits and vegetables. To further convince you of the merits of having a garden, then here are some of the benefits you can get from it:
Gardening Helps Burn Calories
Even light gardening tasks, like watering plants and pulling out weeds can help you burn an extra 330 calories per hour. Any kind of additional physical activity is never a bad thing. However, if you are just starting, start light and increase your daily workload gradually to avoid unnecessary aches and pains.
You Will Become More Open to New Tastes
Studies have found that kids who grew their vegetables in the school garden are more willing to try out new foods. Numerous kids who were once picky eaters suddenly became more willing to eat the vegetables that they helped grow. If this worked for the children, then there is no reason why the same it will not for you.
It Helps Ease Stress and Improves your Mood
Even though you are technically working, gardening can help alleviate a lot of stress symptoms. The monotonous tasks can be therapeutic as they do not require too much thinking. In addition, you will be getting plenty of sunlight, which is one way for you to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder. It means you will not feel grumpy as often as you used to.
It Encourages You to Learn
Another benefit of gardening is that it sparks curiosity and learning – both in children and adults. Having a garden of your own is like having a life-science laboratory at home. You will want to learn ways to make your plants healthier and bear more fruit, so you will be spending a lot of time on gardening forums, watching videos, and reading books on the subject.
You will also want to learn new recipes that incorporate the vegetables that you grow in your garden, which means your garden will also encourage you to learn new cooking skills.
They Are Great Conversation Starters
Once your family and friends know that you started gardening, you will be surprised to find how easier it will be to have fun conversations. There are plenty of topics that you can talk about regarding your garden, like what new vegetables you just planted and what you’ve been cooking lately. You may also inspire others to start gardening.
Gardening is more than just a hobby. It is also a way for you to care for the environment. In your small way, you are helping the planet recover.