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While the finished product is something to admire, the actual process of gardening offers many benefits to those willing to take the time to get down and dirty.Gardening  Here are some of those perks.

  • Gardening provides opportunity for exercise.  The activities such as lifting, pulling and digging put all of your major  muscle groups to work and can increase your joint strength and flexibility.  Be sure to spend a few minutes stretching before and after your gardening. 
  • Gardening is a great stress reliever.  Getting your hands away from your smartphone and into some dark, rich soil –and creating something beautiful in the process – is a great way to de-stress.  Vigorous activities like chopping and digging provide an outlet for built up tension.
  • You’ll eat better and in a more environmentally friendly way.   By growing your own fruits and vegetables, you’re likely to eat more of them, and they’ll probably have a better taste and be healthier than the chemically fertilized ones that travel for days before arriving at your local grocer.
  • Spending time in the sunlight, a major source of Vitamin D, is essential for healthy bones and immune systems.  It increases serotonin and boosts oxygen levels, heightening energy and mental alertness.  Studies have shown that people who garden recover from illness more quickly.

If you house is currently for sale, or is soon to be, devoting some time to gardening has an added benefit:  your landscape is one of the first things potential buyers will notice.  And a well-tended garden makes a good first impression, signaling to buyers that your house has been similarly well-maintained and cared for.

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