There are a lot of people who think that gardening as a hobby is complicated, boring, time-consuming, or only an activity that retired people do. The truth of the matter is, gardening is an enjoyable, wonderful pastime that benefits not only the gardener but everyone who happens to visit the garden. A beautiful garden, whether vegetable or flower, is an opportunity to share time with nature. This article will explain a few of the reasons why you may want to seriously consider gardening as a hobby.
When you think about it, gardening is perhaps the best free therapy around. You can eliminate all of your anger as you plow up the soil. You can soak up, for free, all of the vitamin D that your body requires. You can relax and feel peace of mind as you watch your baby plants turn into adults. Really, is there anything better than that? It is the ideal activity and hobby for anyone who needs to have their spirits lifted or who want to create and discover their own natural sanctuary.
As mentioned previously, you benefit health wise when gardening for a variety of reasons of which additional vitamin D is one. However, you also benefit by being outdoors. There is nothing quite like good old-fashioned fresh air to keep the mind active and alert. Besides, there is nothing wrong with working up a sweat and getting your daily dose of exercise. Also, what about all of the nutritious, fresh vegetables that you will be enjoying throughout the year.
One of the best benefits of gardening is beautification. We live in a world that is naturally beautiful but unfortunately mankind has turned some areas into ugly, contaminated eyesores. A garden, on the other hand, can enhance any space with color and beauty. There is nothing that can match the charming beauty of a flower. A majestic, green leaf tree has no equal. Gardening is the perfect hobby for sprucing up a drab, unused empty or ugly space.
Now there is one aspect about gardening that will appeal to everyone. What is it? It is the fact that you can save a pile of money by growing your own food. Think about this? You can buy 2 tomatoes or you can use that money and buy a package of tomato seeds. With the package of tomato seeds you will be able to grow dozens of fresh, red tomatoes on each plant. You will be amazed at how many vegetables or fruits one single plant can produce. It is well-known that gardening provides perhaps one of the best returns on your investment.
The final, and perhaps the most important reason, is the environment. Every day mankind is slowly destroying our environment. There are more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere today than ever before. People rely on produce from far away which consumes fossil fuels. Fossil fuels add to the greenhouse effect.
Do you realize how much unsustainable energy is used to plant, propagate, harvest, store, and transport fresh flowers and vegetables on the huge scale that we see today? Now compare that to the almost invisible carbon footprint from a backyard garden. It is so obvious that this world would hugely benefit environmentally if people relied on their own gardens for flowers, fruits, and vegetables.