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Monday, April 11, 2011

A beautiful garden gives me a sense of peace and quiet

Planting a vegetable garden is a fantastic way to get some exercise, enjoy the sunshine, and grow some yummy food! And nothing can beat garden fresh tomatoes and green beans. Both are my “MUST” haves in my garden.  

In this economy gardening is a huge financial savings.  And you can’t compare the produce in your own backyard to the aged vegetables usually found at your neighborhood grocery store. Last year I spent maybe $55 on supplies.  In return I harvested $350 worth of vegetables. That, my friends, is a bargain.
Gardening is a well-known approach to getting simple exercise. Working in your garden for at least 30 minutes a day is an ideal way to burn those excess calories and  lose weight.  Plus who couldn’t use some natural Vitamin D.  As you reach for weeds, plant seedlings, till the soil, or water a plant your muscles are getting a nice and easy workout that will also increase your flexibility. 

Another one of the many l benefits of gardening is stress relief and stress reduction. Doing the simple chores that taking care of a garden  helps you to get your mind of things for a little while. Tension and anxiety is relieved by doing the slightly more rigorous tasks that gardening entails such as cutting, digging, mulching and pruning. In addition, it will give you a sense of happiness, fulfillment, and accomplishment as your garden grows!!

When planning your garden, it’s better to start too small than to start too large.  In order to enjoy your garden, you must be able to control it. Don’t get too ambitious.  It’s better to start small and to expand a little every year. Some plants are more productive than others. If you want a rewarding, productive garden, do some research to find out what grows well in your area.

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