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Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster
Have you been wondering whether or not you should build a backyard garden? The first time I planted something in the ground was 13 years ago. I didn't give it much thought. My 3 year old brought home a Lima bean plant he grew in preschool. He begged me to plant it. I HATE Lima beans but I was going to help that boy grow the most awesome Lima bean plant ever found in Georgia. I dug out a patch of grass in the side yard and stuck that spindly little plant in the ground.
If I recall correctly, we didn't get many Lima beans off of that plant but boy did my kid have fun watering it and staring at it every afternoon. Gardening is about SOOO much more than growing food! Over the years, I have planted a lot of gardens. Most of those gardens have yielded very little food. Sure, I can go out every few days and come in with a small bowl of fruits and veggies but considering how much work is involved in gardening, why do people keep doing it? I thought I would share with you a few unusual reasons why YOU should build a backyard garden this spring. Reasons that have nothing to do with the actual food you may or may not get off of your plants!
5 Unusual Reasons to Build a Backyard Garden
Never again wonder what photos to share on social media: Ever look at your Instagram feed and see...food, kid, food, kid...and think you need to liven things up? Gardeners are OBSESSED with sharing photos of their gardens. They share photos of plants, flowers on plants, tiny unripened berries, microscopic tomatoes, and delicious food they harvested all by themselves. They also love to share photos of plant diseases and weird bugs they find in their garden. Just think of the fun things you could add to your social media stream if you build a backyard garden!
Dirt is incredibly healthy: Gardeners love dirt. They love to dig in it, study it's composition, and get it under their fingernails. Okay, gardeners really hate dirt under fingernails but in general, gardeners enjoying playing in the soil. And dirt is incredibly healthy! Check out CNN to learn why gardening is good for your health. Some soil microbes (otherwise know as bacteria that live in dirt) have actually been shown to increase the production and metabolism of serotonin....that stuff in your brain that makes you feel happy! So, build a backyard garden and ditch the Prozac!
Lower your osteoporosis risk: Okay, this one might sound boring but as a middle aged woman, I worry about my bones. Especially since my grandmother broke her hip twice. I drink my milk and take my calcium supplements but osteoporosis is something all women should learn more about. According to the Mother Nature Network, women involved in yard work and other types of gardening exercises had lower rates of osteoporosis than joggers, swimmers and women who did aerobics. I would much rather be planting peas than trying to look coordinated in a step aerobics class so YAY for gardening and strong bones!
You will always have something to talk about: I am honestly a very socially awkward individual. I am an introvert and usually avoid crowds, parties, get togethers and work functions at all costs. I am that uptight looking chick in the corner clutching her glass of water like it's a life preserver. BUT, bring up the subject of gardening and I will talk for hours. I may not know who the popular movie stars are and I guarantee I haven't watched that new TV series but I can tell you how to grow hundreds of different sorts of plants and identify some pretty weird garden bugs. I'm the life of the party, right? Ok, probably not but at least I don't have to hide in the corner the whole night! Build a backyard garden and you go from quiet wallflower to social butterfly!
It's a great excuse to buy garden gnomes: Okay, seriously...I love garden art in all it's weird shapes and sizes. I love making it myself, finding it at thrift stores and shopping for it at garden centers. There is something incredibly enjoyable about adding bursts of weirdness to your backyard. Bowling balls painted like ladybugs, flowers made from bottle caps, and creepy gnomes keeping an eye out for your neighbors cat. You know you love shopping...build a backyard garden and have an excuse to spend a little cash on garden decor! Want to get started shopping right now? Here is my affiliate link for some cute garden decor on Amazon!
So, are you convinced yet? Are you ready to build a backyard garden this weekend? Better hop to it before all the garden gnomes are gone!
Tell my something YOU enjoy about backyard gardening!
If you enjoyed this post you might want to check out the garden art I made for Earth Day last year!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.