Benefits of Gardening
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I have been enjoying my garden this year. Our garden is primarily my effort this year. DH got the raised beds ready two years ago and we had some success last year, but this year I did a bigger effort.
Already the time spent has been so beneficial to me.
First, there is the fitness time, and the outdoors time. There is the pleasure of seeing seeds sprout and grow into mature plants. There is the watching of plants that I ordered last winter during a snowstorm grow into mature plants. I am already enjoying two types of lettuces in salads and on sandwiches, as well as radishes and green onions. I planted the onions closer together than the directions stated so that I could pull every other one before maturity so that then there would be mature onions as well as green onions to use in omelets, salads, etc. I did the same with the turnips, as DH loves turnip greens. I have thinned those plants once and need to do so again. He will enjoy his second meal with turnip greens as a side that way, and then later on we will have the grown turnips.
As I am working in the garden, I get a lot of stress relief, so there is that benefit as well. I think of "life lessons" as I make choices in my garden, such as there are different growing seasons just as there are in life. I also feel my effort to be more thrifty is being successful, because I spent about the same price on a package of lettuce seeds as I would for one meal's worth of lettuce at the grocery store, and yet we have already had fresh lettuce at least 5 times, and I have 4 more bags in the fridge already washed and ready for more meals.
Do you find these or other benefits to gardening? I look forward to reading about them.