1. Get the kids involved: Gardening is a great way to get the kids outside and away from screens. If you have young kids, start small with a pot or small raised bed. Get them involved in planting, watering, and weeding. They’ll be more likely to eat (and enjoy) veggies that they’ve grown themselves.
2. Make it a social activity: Invite friends over for a garden party or potluck. You can work on your garden together, then sit back and enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.
3. Get active: Gardening is a great way to get some exercise. Digging, planting, and weeding all require some physical activity. And, since you’re outdoors, you’ll get some vitamin D as well.
4. Grow your own food: Not only is it satisfying to eat food that you’ve grown yourself, but you’ll also know that it’s fresh and free of chemicals. Start small with a few easy-to-grow veggies like tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers.
5. Save money: Homegrown fruits and veggies can save you money at the grocery store. And, if you grow enough, you can even sell your surplus at a farmers market or roadside stand.
6. Relax: Gardening is a great way to relax and de-stress. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors, and breathe in the fresh air. Listen to the birds, and take in the beauty of your garden.