Barbara Bush rightly said, “The home is the child’s first school.” A child’s basic education starts at home. Right from lisping conversations to picking up activities, it is completely affected by the kind of environment it is raised in. Therefore, it becomes inevitable for parents to give a right direction to the manner their home functions.
It is not about learning alphabets by rote or being handed books on various subjects. The horizon widens when parents involve themselves more into the household. This does not only prove beneficial for the child but also for the entire family on a lot of levels.
Home gardening is one such activity that involves every member of the house to contribute in their own way. It is a gardening or farming system for the family in their own garden space. And no wonder, it has a lot of benefits on individual, family and environmental level. Do you wonder why you should opt for it? We give you 9 reasons why you’d absolutely love it:
Fosters Family Bond
Gardening involves sharing. Starting a family garden promotes constructive communication, sharing of ideas and exchange of knowledge with the other members of the family. Therefore, it naturally helps the family in being well knit as they engage in an everyday activity.
Gives A Sense of Responsibility
Considering there are plants dependent on individuals, it is hard to ignore and not be involved when a life is at stake. Even if a certain member is ignorant, the family is the right push for the person to be involved and develop a sense of accountability.
Gardens are designed for serenity and according to a recent study in the Netherlands, they reduce stress and give an engaging mental pleasure. Gardening is considered as one of the best leisure activities. Studies also point out that inhaling M. vaccae, a healthy bacteria living in soil increase levels of serotonin, thereby reducing anxiety.
Develops Environmental Consciousness
A family supports biodiversity when it works in harmony with the environment. It increases environmental interest and awareness. With deteriorating environmental health, gardeners are adopting sustainable gardening options and learning new methods to nurture pollinators, birds and wildlife in general.
Acts As An Investment
Greens are both beautiful and beneficial. You are able to cut down a lot on your expenses by growing greens at home. Outdoor greens like Indian basil, bush beans, peppers, cabbage and lettuce and indoor plants like lemons, figs, apricots etc are sure to serve the purpose. Grow marigold as an add-on to drive the pests away.
Promotes Healthy Eating
Home grown fruits and vegetables is synonymous to adding more nutritional value to your diet. You eat more vegetables and fresh fruits. Moreover, you are in the know of what fertilizers and pesticides are coming in contact with your plants. Therefore, you can completely stave off the need of unwanted materials for your produce.
Teaches Life Lessons
The family learns a lot of life lessons like patience and scientific gardening methods. But most importantly, members learn the art of cooking which is substantial for sustenance. Gardening develops a habit of newer ways of consumption and thereby, helps develop the basic lesson of cooking.
Home gardening is not just a leisure pursuit but a great way to learn and grow together. The benefits go beyond food. So, make a beginning with the constructive activity for a healthier, happier life.
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