Top 10 Things Your Garden Gives You

May is Gifts From the Garden Month. After April’s spring gardening – April is National Gardening Month – it’s time to sit back and enjoy some of the benefits. Here are the top ten things your garden, large, small, or in-between, can do for you.
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10. Physical Fitness – This isn’t something you usually think of when gardening, but even keeping up with those weeds provides a gym-quality workout.
9.  Wildlife Refuge – Your garden plantings provide food and shelter for a whole host of creatures. Add a birdbath or fountain and you’ve provided everything an animal needs. Then you can sit back and enjoy their antics.
8.  Child-Friendly Creative Play – Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, involving children in the gardening process is a great way to teach them Earth science as well as build valuable shared memories. Plus, it’s fun!
7.  Increased Property Value – We all know about curb appeal. Gardens not only enrich our tenure living in a home, they inspire prospective buyers.
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Copper Star 6.  Flowers to Bring Inside – By planting a few varieties that produce cut flowers, you can bring the beauty and fragrance of your garden inside. You can even bundle some up to take to a friend.

5.  Beautiful Views – No matter where you are—outside or in—garden views augment your decor.

4.  Aromatherapy – Fragrant plants stimulate the senses and can improve your mood or reduce stress.

3.  Perfect Location for Parties – Who doesn’t enjoy a garden party? Places of natural beauty invite conversation and relaxation. With a garden as the venue, all you need for a successful party are refreshments.

2.  The Best Produce Available – Garden-fresh vegetables and fruits are the most flavorful and healthy you can eat. Fresh herbs from your garden provide more flavor than their store-bought companions.

And the number one gift your garden gives you?

1.  Time and a Place to Relax – Whether you find your zen in working with the plants, or in just sitting quietly and enjoying the views, your garden provides you with a huge variety of stress-reduction opportunities.

So get out there and putter around, then take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your garden is a gift to yourself and to the world around you.

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