April is National Gardening Month

April is National Gardening Month

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s a perfect time to plant a vegetable garden. 

After a long winter hibernation, spring is a time of rebirth. Everywhere you look, trees and plants are starting to bloom. A once drab landscape is now bursting with color. 

Planing a vegetable garden is a healthy choice. Besides receiving nature’s bounty for your efforts, there are many other benefits to gardening. Forty five minutes of gardening is equivalent to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.  Gardening 30 to 45 minutes a day can burn 150 to 300 calories. As much as I love a good cardio work-out, I also love the serene calm of working outside in the garden and I had no idea it was such a great workout. 

There’s a benefit of stress reduction as you focus your thoughts and energy on the task at hand, you will get carried away as you feel the earth between your fingers, the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. If you need to develop patience, gardening is a gift. There is no way to hurry your garden and working patiently provides greater yields. 

Your bounty or fresh produce is the most obvious reward. Once you grow and consume your own herbs and produce, there’s no turning back. Gardening is good for your mind, body and soul. It’s a great escape from the daily grind, it unplugs you from all of your technology, if only for awhile and allows you to enjoy all the beauty that mother nature has to offer and in a few months you will reap the benefits of your labor with an array of healthy herbs and vegetables. 

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