Growing a backyard garden is an undertaking that hobbyists have come to enjoy because they find it enjoyable and fulfilling. Some, on the other hand, find satisfaction in the aesthetic value a garden brings to their home or property.
Raising vegetables and fruits in the backyard for consumption, however, gives another reason to pursue gardening. Even former First Lady Michelle Obama grew fond of vegetable gardening and built one at the White House, detailing its joys and challenges in her book “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.”
It has many benefits to one’s physical well-being, which include the following:
Fruits and vegetables offer high content of vitamins and minerals, but their potency is maximized when they are eaten fresh, right after they are harvested. Studies have also shown that food grown with no synthetic pesticides contains more nutrients – and taste better, too. The garden owner has control whether he wants to use chemicals to raise the vegetation, or opt to go organic.
Furthermore, homegrown vegetables add more balance to the family’s diet. Picky eaters can also greatly benefit from a backyard garden as they can try different food choices.
Because it requires physical work, gardening is a good way to do moderate cardiovascular exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, gardening, including watering, seed planting, digging, and other works, for 30 to 45 minutes can burn 150 to 300 calories.