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Discover health benefits of gardening

Updated on February 10, 2015

Growing high quality nutritious foods

Conversations centered on the benefits of gardening for both, the beginner gardener, and those of us, which have spent many growing seasons in our vegetable and flower gardens. I think you will agree begin with the understanding. When allowed to ripen on the plant or vine, and picked only the peak of freshness. Organically homegrown fruits and veggies not only taste better, fresh picked straight from the garden produce is a higher quality, more nutritious food. As you continue reading Discover the health benefits of gardening I believe you will begin to see, flower and vegetable gardening provides a whole host of benefits we gardener's family and friends will enjoy.

Gardening, a rewarding hobby

Gardening is a great hobby gardeners of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Regardless where you might live, be it a house with a backyard garden in the suburbs, apartment, condominium, row house, or townhouse with a sunny balcony. There are simple gardening methods that will easily work for you.

Rewards and health benefits

Benefits fruit and vegetable gardens provide.

1. Simply put there is no comparison between the freshness, taste, and nutritional value in the veggies we grow in our own garden and the ones we buy at our local produce section of the grocery store.

2. Vegetables picked at their peak of freshness, washed and prepared either raw or cooked the same day our friends, family eat them, we benefit from all the nutrients and vitamins fresh food provide.

3. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables we buy at our neighborhood supermarket produce section are routinely harvested days, or even weeks earlier. Losing many of the much needed nutrients and vitamins important to our health and wellbeing.

4. Fruits and vegetables covered in wax coatings and other preservatives at the market designed solely to keep foods looking better longer I think you will agree, is something we really should not put into our body.

5. Spending a little quality time in and around our flower and vegetable gardens is a great way to get our daily physical exercise, which is beneficial to our mind, body and soul.

6. Starting our annual flower and vegetable plants from seeds, gardeners quickly learn to recognize healthy flower, fruit, and vegetable plants.

7. From the time, the tiny seedlings break through the surface of the garden soil, the beauty and sweet smells of male and female blossoms and blooms fill the air with promises of good things to come.

Containers or backyard space is all you need

Beginners and long time gardeners can reap all the many benefits of gardening. Be it a simple window box. Hanging baskets on a porch or gazebo, or containers on our deck, patio or balcony where backyard garden space is not available. We can easily grow our own fresh vegetables to nourish our bodies, or beautiful flowers that nourish our soul making us smile.

Growing fruits and vegies indoors & outdoors

Containers are not just for growing herbs and tomatoes. Consider planting zucchini, eggplant, or maybe you would enjoy your very own fresh picked blueberries packed full of beneficial antioxidants. Fruits and veggies not your cup of tea, herbs just a bit impractical, you may enjoy a butterfly bush, a small lemon or fig tree, or catnip for your feline friend. Planting from seeds, or growing plants you purchase from a nursery. Gardening is a good thing with just a little effort anyone can enjoy and reap there very own countless rewards.

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Share your harvest and love for gardening

Share the many benefits of all your gardening efforts, all your friends family and neighbors will enjoy reaping the rewards from your small container garden, or large backyard raised bed plantings. let us not forget gardening is a lot of fun, a great way to make new friends, and best of all, will help you live and feel better.

Happy gardening, eat better, live a longer healthier life for your efforts, Mike

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Gardening is great fun with many benefits for our mind, body and soul.

      Thanks for the comment Katie, best wishes and happy gardening. Mike

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      What a great list of reasons and benefits of gardening and how we gardeners reap the rewards. I'm with you, I love gardening, love the healthful and spiritual benefits and can't imagine not gardening.

      Happy Birthday Mike! :) Katie

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Pamela99 you are quite right, there is something special about eating a tomato from the vine, blueberries picked fresh from the bush and the first mess of corn on the cob is hard to beat when it comes from the vegetable garden in our own backyard.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your kind comment. Mike

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Nothing tastes as good as homegrown produce. Thanks for all the good tips.