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Why Should You Do Some Gardening

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Published April 9th 2014
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Why Should You Do Some Gardening
It might not sound all that glamorous, but gardening is a great way to spend your weekend. While a tidier yard and improved curb appeal for your home are obvious rewards, there are some other benefits to gardening you may not have thought of. Read on and discover all the ways gardening can improve your life.



It Will Make You Thinner
When boredom strikes it's often the fridge we turn to for amusement. The hand-to-mouth action of eating can be very soothing in times of stress. Gardening requires both of your hands to be at work, so holding food won't be an option. Plus it's dirty in the garden, so you won't want to risk bringing any food out there. Keeping your hands busy will also stop you engaging in other destructive behaviours like biting your fingernails. For those of you who don't bite your nails, gardening will not mean the end of your well maintained manicure. A pair of gardening gloves will stop polish from chipping and dirt from lodging under your fingernails.

There is also an element of physical activity involved in gardening. Sure, it's no The Biggest Loser training session but it is possible to build up a sweat in the garden. Mow the grass or rake some leaves for a cardio workout, lift bags of potting mix to build up muscles in the lower back and arms, and maintain a squat position beside your garden bed while doing the weeding to strengthen the thighs and butt. Without even knowing it, you will be getting fitter and stronger and those kilos will be melting away.

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Lift potting mix and build muscles


It Will Replenish Your Vitamin D
Everyone knows that plants need sunlight to grow. But what you might not know is that people need sunlight, too. I'm no scientist, so this explanation may be a bit sketchy. Sun exposure is the best natural source of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps calcium, among other nutrients, be absorbed by your body. This means vitamin D is essential for strong bones and muscles. You can drink all the milk a cow can make but without sufficient vitamin D, your body will be unable to use it.

Typically, gardening is done outside. So, as long as the sun is shining, doing some gardening will top up your vitamin D. Your bones will be eternally grateful.

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Get some sunlight while gardening
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It Will Help You Spy on Your Neighbours
Come on, admit it, we all like to know what our neighbours are up to. Gardening gives you the perfect opportunity to have a sticky beak without anyone giving you a second thought. Check out the washing on the line next door, see who comes to visit the people across the road and find out which of your neighbours are addicted to internet shopping.

If spying is not your thing, you can take being in the garden as a chance to get to know your neighbours better. A friendly wave as someone drives by goes a long way to fostering a sense of community. You could also lean over the fence or cross the street to talk to other gardeners in your neighbourhood. Without even leaving your home, you might pick up some great gardening tips, and make some new friends.

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Open the gate and talk to your neighbour


It's An Excuse to Ignore the Housework

Vacuuming, washing, ironing, dusting--it's all so boring and often times unrewarding. I can spend hours cleaning my house and within minutes it's a disaster zone again. Going outside and doing some gardening is an excellent excuse for ignoring all those domestic chores. After all, the garden also needs to be tidied up, doesn't it?

Gardening produces tangible results. You can see your progress when flowers start to bloom and your trees start to grow. The results of gardening are also much more long lasting. If you mow the lawn, it will look good for a week or longer before it needs to be mown again. And everyone who passes your house will be able to see your gardening handiwork.

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Mowing is more rewarding than mopping
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It Will Make You Rich
Okay, maybe rich is a bit of a stretch, unless you're Don Burke or Harry Veitch, but gardening can save you money. Grow some herbs or vegetables and fruit and you wont need to buy them from the supermarket. Plus you'll have heaps of tasty, homegrown items to turn into healthy treats for you and your family.

if you're visiting some friends, take a bunch of flowers cultivated by your own hand, rather than paying for some that have been grown by someone else. Some plants can also be divided, leaving you with lots of plant presents for your friends and family. You can use all the money you've saved to buy more plants and gardening odds and ends.

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Grow something edible and save money


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Why? There are so many benefits to gardening
When: Any day of the week
Where: Your backyard, or someone else's
Cost: free
Your Comment
I have never been very fond of gardening. My mum does a lot though. She spends ages making her own hanging baskets for our garden and her friends.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11656) 1408 days ago
I clicked straight to "it will make you rich." Ah well, I'll keep searching for my get rich quick scheme ;) great article.
by Dayna Chu (score: 3|1480) 1402 days ago
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