5 Reasons to Have a Garden ...

I can think of at least 5 reasons to have a garden. I’m sure there are many, many more, but here are my 5 for you to look at. See what you think and be sure to add your own reasons in the comment section!

5. It’s Great Exercise

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You might not feel the burn like you would with an aerobics class, but you definitely work up a sweat in the garden. Digging in the dirt, hoeing weeds, tilling the new garden plot, and planting flowers all keep the body moving.

4. It Can Be a Conversation Piece

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Unlike my husband, I’m not usually capable of starting up a conversation out of the blue. However, if someone starts talking about my garden then I’m right in there with plenty of feedback and can keep the conversation going with ease.

3. It is an Excellent Learning Experience

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I don’t know anyone who has had a garden who hasn’t also learned something new by having one. Gardening teaches you about plants, tricks to keeping weeds from growing, and how to get creative with pest control.

2. You Can Provide Food for Your Family

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Vegetable gardens are a bit more work than flower gardens, but they are well worth the time and effort it takes to keep one going. I like knowing that I’m providing fresh food for my family that I raised with my own hands. Plus it’s nice to know exactly what went into each vegetable. I don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals, since I don’t put them on my veggie plants.

1. It’s a Great Excuse to Be outside

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There’s nothing like being outside on a warm sunny day. I have a hard time sitting still, so being able to do something while I’m outside makes the experience much more enjoyable. I can dig in the dirt, admire my flowers, pick veggies, and watch the birds and butterflies that flit around each garden.

I hope these reasons are enough to inspire you to create your own garden, if you don’t already have one started. Even if you live in the city you can have a small container garden. There are plenty of plants that do excellent in buckets and window boxes. What reasons made you want a garden? If you don’t have one, then what reason has stopped you from starting one?

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