Spring is well under way which means it’s time to get those gardens planted! There are so many great reasons for planting a garden. Whether it be for fresh produce, exercise, or even just a way to pass the time peacefully. If you have never planted a garden before, there is no better time to start than now. To motivate you, consider these 20 reasons to plant a garden, so you can see everything that growing a fresh garden can provide! Believe me when I say it provides so much more than just fresh tomatoes! Here is what you need to know:

20 Reasons to Plant a Garden

20 inspiring reasons to plant a vegetable garden this year.

1. You can enjoy chemical free food.

When you grow a garden, you can enjoy produce that is grown without chemicals or pesticides. It is a great way to know what is in your food so you can enjoy safe and natural food choices.

2. You know where your food comes from.

Do you really know where your food comes from when you buy it from a market? When you garden, you know exactly where it comes from because you grow it and pick it yourself.

3. Children will enjoy assisting with gardening tasks.

Children love digging in the dirt, and will enjoy helping you with your gardening tasks. They can pull weeds, plant seeds, and even help pick the harvest when you have a backyard garden.

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4. Your meals will be made with the freshest produce around.

Do you love fresh soups and salads? When you grow your own garden, you will have the freshest produce choices around. Enjoy fresh recipes each night thanks to your garden. Who wouldn’t love that?

5. Gardens bring about beautiful wildlife.

You will notice that gardens bring all sorts of wildlife to the yard. This means hummingbirds and butterflies especially. It is fun seeing all the colors, sights, and sounds come to your yard as they investigate your plantings and take sips from your plants.

6. Gardens provide a chance to meet your neighbors.

When you grow a garden, you spend more time outdoors. This might mean being more visible to your neighbors and striking up a conversation or two. You might even find another neighbor who gardens, and get the chance to trade produce or plant starts.

7. You can assist people in need with your produce.

Chances are you will grow more produce than you need. You can always donate your extra produce to local soup kitchens or shelters where they can serve it to people in need.

8. Gardening tasks provide exercise.

Digging, weeding, watering, and planting can all provide some amazing exercise. If you need to be more physically active, gardening is a great way to do it.

9. Gardening provides quiet time for reflection.

Many gardeners love planting a garden because it provides them some time for reflection and meditation. If you need a little down time in your life, gardening may provide the perfect opportunity.

10. Gardening provides a chance to learn something new about nature.

When you grow a garden, it gives you the chance to learn new things about the plants you are growing. We are never too old to learn, and gardening gives the opportunity to let that happen!

11. You can enjoy active and fun gardening communities.

Online, you will find many active gardening groups, where gardeners exchange tips and tricks of the trade. You might also find local gardening groups, perfect for making friends and learning more.

12. You will always have fresh flowers for your home.

Enjoy fresh flowers in every room of your house when you grow a garden. Picking your own flowers each day will be fun and add so much color to your décor.

13. Gardening provides inexpensive gifts for family and friends.

Gardens provide the materials you need to make homemade jams, salsa, and so many other homemade gifts. This is a great way to provide inexpensive gifts for family and friends.

14. Gardening provides aromatherapy.

The smells of a garden can help you feel more relaxed and at ease. Forget lighting a candle for aromatherapy, just go to the garden.

15. Gardening is inexpensive.

You don’t need to be rich to plant a garden. Most of the items you need can be found around the house or even at your local dollar store. Seeds, soil, and pots can be found for cheap, which means you can grow so much food for less.

16. You can save money on your weekly grocery bill.

When you grow your own food, you will be saving heaps of money on your weekly grocery bill. You can grow items like tomatoes and cucumbers at pennies per pound, which is way less than most markets.

17. A garden can be an extension of your home.

A garden can feel like another room of your home. Place a small bistro table and chair in your garden so you can enjoy dinner or drinks in it.

18. Fresh food can be grown well into the Fall months.

Some plants can thrive well into the cool months. This means eating fresh and saving money even as winter approaches.

19. Gardens add curb appeal.

A garden can make your landscaping look nicer and add some curb appeal to those passing by.

20. Gardening helps the planet.

Flowers in your garden can help bees and butterflies pollinate our planet and keep it looking lush and beautiful!

Are you inspired to get growing? Consider these 20 reasons for growing a garden and start harvesting your own produce and reap the health benefits too!

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