Time spent in your garden can be relaxing, fun, and a fun activity to share with your kids. Did you know that gardening also can help you save a good bit of money? Here are a few budget-friendly reasons to start or expand a garden on your property.
Better than the grocery store. Organic food awaits you right outside your door. Instead of $5 for a head of lettuce, you can buy lettuce seeds for $3 and enjoy lettuce all season long.
Less lawn to mow. Designating an area of the yard for a garden means less time mowing, less gas, and less watering.
Better than the gym. Put the gym membership on hold for the summer! All that bending, lifting, swinging, digging, and pulling that accompanies gardening is better than a yoga class, and it burns 272 calories an hour.
Helps lower blood pressure. Just 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity can prevent and control high blood pressure. In fact, The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends gardening or raking leaves as two ways to meet that goal.
Improve your hand strength. All that digging, planting, and pulling does more than produce plants. Gardening will increase your hand strength. What a great way to keep your hands and fingers as strong as possible for as long as possible.
Selling and trading: Most home-based gardeners end up with more than they can consume during the peak growing season. So, grab the excess and sell it at a local farmer’s market or two. If that doesn’t work – or, in addition – you can always trade with neighbors. Perhaps a neighbor has a full herb garden but can’t use all their cilantro and oregano. Swap! Or pool your resources and make tomato sauce and salsa with all your combined ingredients.
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