Up for trying a new hobby? One packed with benefits to your overall physical, mental and financial health? Consider gardening!
Here are just 5 of the benefits of gardening from our perspective.
1) Improve your physical health
Studies show that gardening counts as your exercise for the day. In fact, the average gardener burns 330 calories in an hour of work. That’s equivalent to about a 3 mile jog! When you are doing something enjoyable, the physical exertion you will spend on the activity will seem far easier than exercise you may find boring like jogging on a treadmill.
2) Improve your mental health
Gardening has a variety of mental health benefits. One study shows that the simple activity of gardening can decrease the risk of dementia by up to 36%!
In addition, gardening outside allows you to receive a healthy dose of Vitamin D which is widely proven to produce a ton of health benefits including improving your immune system, reducing stress, and even helping the strength of your bones. Gardening has also been shown to improve your mood, even more than other hobbies including reading!
3) You can sell what you produce
My grandparents lived in a small town in the midwest, and my grandpa had the BEST garden. Some of my best memories as a child was visiting Grandpa and Grandma's house because, while the grownups would talk in the living room, my siblings and I would sneak out and head straight for Grandpa's garden. As we would excitedly run back to the garden we would anticipate what we might find. Of course we would eat it all. There was nothing better than Grandpa's fresh produce, straight off the plant. Grandpa grew the best raspberries, strawberries, peas, green beans, corn, you name it. He even grew tomatoes even though he hated tomatoes. And when it came time for halloween, forget going to a pumpkin patch, grandpa had his very own pumpkin patch and always had pumpkins for the kids to carve.
One thing that Grandpa did was he set out his extra produce in a stand on the side of the road. It was a HIT. Grandpa lived on a busy stretch of road and people in this small town would stop by Grandpa's fresh produce stand daily on their way to and from work to see what was there. It was an honor system. He would set out a cash buck and expect people to be honest about what they took. Of course, in small town America you can often get by with that. Everyone knows everyone! It was a great way to make a little extra money, and Grandpa LOVED getting out and chatting with his customers and neighbors. He took great pride in that garden and the food it produced.
4) You can save on your grocery bills
This might go without saying, if you garden, you can eat what you grow. You can also barter with your produce. Maybe there is a neighbor who grows another type of food and the two of you can work out a trade. If you have a surplus of tomatoes, for example, you could trade with someone else in the area who has a surplus of onions. To help you identify these opportunities, you might consider utilizing social media. Post about it in your local Facebook group. Or start your own Facebook group specifically for this purpose and invite your friends to participate. You might be surprised at how involved people become!
5) You can rent out your space
If you have the extra space, you might consider renting out a plot. It could be a great way to make some more money from your garden area, while at the same time meeting other people and sharing ideas and building community.
The bottom line is, we’ve only covered 5 reasons, but it is clear that gardening can improve your life. Gardening is good for your health and wellness, and can even help promote community, and improve your finances.
If you’re looking for a new hobby in 2020, consider gardening!
For all the gardeners out there, let’s hear from you! Leave a comment about why you garden and what benefits you see from it!