Is Gardening the Right Hobby for You?

Thursday, August 3, 2017
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Sitting at home with nothing to do? Bored of your old hobbies because they don’t offer anything new? Then why not consider gardening as your next go-to hobby?

Everyone needs to have a hobby. Whether it’s something you can do at home or something that involves going out, everyone should have something that they absolutely love and are willing to spend time and money on. It improves your mood, gives you a reason to go out more and gives you something to be interested in when you’re plugging away at work or interacting with family. It gives you a peaceful treat to indulge in when you’re stressed, and it helps to fill in the time between life events.

What makes gardening such a great hobby, and is it the right one for you? If you’re looking for something new, then here are a few points that will help convince you that gardening should be your next interest.

Gardening enables you to grow fresh produce
With a bit of experimenting and gardening knowledge, you’ll be able to grow fresh produce that you can eat fresh after plucking them from your plants or chop up and cook in your favorite dishes. Healthy eating is all the rage, so why not save yourself some money on buying organic or healthy foods from the supermarket and simply grow your own instead? It might take some time, but once you build up a routine, it’s easy to grow fruits, vegetables and even herbs to use for whatever purpose you can find. It’s also a fun way to give presents to your neighbors, friends, and family members. Home grown produce is always appreciated and it makes an easy gift choice.

Gardening keeps you active
Unlike a lot of other hobbies, gardening helps to keep you active. It’s hard work at the beginning especially if you don’t get to move around a lot, but it’s a fantastic way of getting some more exercise into your day. You’ll be walking around a lot, working your muscles and sweating during those hot summers where you’ll be tending to your garden. It’s also fairly low-impact compared to other forms of exercise, which is great if you suffer from some health issues that limit your cardiovascular activity.

Gardening is something the kids can do too

There aren’t many hobbies that you can get the kids involved with too. Gardening, however, is an exception. You can get your children to garden with you so they can spend more time with nature. The skills they pick up as they watch and help you can be applied to them in the future, and they’ll have the knowledge they need to be self-sufficient with their food and also grow some amazing produce to use in their cooking. It’s also a relaxing way to spend time with children. It’ll be like a visit to the park, only in a few month’s time they’ll be able to see (and taste) the fruits of their labour.

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Gardening is a good educational tool for children
Gardening might seem like a trivial thing to get the kids involved with, but if you set times when you need to water the plants, mow the lawn and trim the hedges, then it teaches your children something incredibly important: how to be self-sufficient and responsible. Teaching your kids how to be responsible from an early age will greatly help them in the future. It’s an important life-skill that will take them far, and gardening with them is a quick way to teach them how to be responsible with things that are living.

Gardening has fantastic communities
Gardening is such a big hobby that there are entire communities on the internet that are dedicated to it. Websites like Homyden or the home gardening sub-Reddit are fantastic examples of bustling communities that can help you with any questions you have. You can show off your plants, ask for advice, make new friends and network with people in your local area that also have an interest in gardening. You can also look at online resources on websites such as YouTube.

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