You are What you Grow!
Perhaps you haven't considered the benefits of gardening before. Now is the time to take a look at what gardening, especially food gardening, can do for you and your family.
To begin with, consider this:
Gardening, especially food gardening can be a real necessity in these days of economic stress. Yes, the food we grow will be more healthy--especially if it is straight from the garden. But other benefits can be found in growing our own food. If you are a vegan or a vegetarian you may see powerful benefits in home grown veggies and fruit.
Healthy Benefits of Gardening
Yet, all of us can benefit in gardening. It isn't just the production of good nourishing food. There are other advantages. Most of us are aware the exercise involved is essential for good health. Add to this, time spent out of doors in the fresh air and sunshine can aid most of us.
When I use those muscles I haven't used for awhile to dig or hoe, I may feel a bit peeved. But when I view images of those luscious green plants pushing their way out of the soil, and producing health-promoting greens, pods, and fruit of various kinds, I know it is worth all my effort and time.
A young lady who had borne five children reminded me of the worth of it all. When you are in labor, it isn't any fun--you suffer. But when that child is born you forget your suffering for love of that tiny human speciman you and your spouse created. It is like this when you plant a garden. The labor can be hard (not always though), but the rewards are sufficient to make it all worthwhile.
Spiritual Benefits in Gardening
I find gardening draws me closer to my Creator. If you read your Bible you will find several of Jesus' parables are related to gardens. We can find numerous spiritual lessons when we garden--if we look for them. It's a wonderful way to teach your children as they join you in this occupation. I find lessons in composting or in mulching crops. Beautiful truths can spring out of the stems, leaves, buds and blossoms as they grow.
How soothing, too, it is to take your lawn chair and rest in the shade while facing a view of living plants. Green may be the prominent color, but with blossoms and carefully planted flowers (to help repel bugs), you can relax, meditate and be blessed by what you see.