There are many things that make gardening wonderful. On the most basic level, growing flowers and food is rewarding both in terms of what it produces and the feeling it gives you. On another, there is the proven health benefit of getting in the fresh air and putting your hands in the soil.
There is the side of gardening that appeals to people on a more… let’s call it spiritual level. If you’re looking for a day-to-day representation of the circle of life, then you can’t get much better than a spot of gardening. You plant, you grow, you harvest, and in doing so you make it so the cycle can repeat. Without gardening, there would literally be nothing.
Aside from the benefits to you, there is so much more that gardening can put back. If you are of a “pay it forward” state of mind, then you can use your own garden to make your life better for others in a variety of ways.
Composting: Free and Easy
So, about that circle-of-life thing. The most wonderful thing about growing for yourself is that it can be an all-organic process. You plant; it grows; you trim and prune and sheer – and eventually, you harvest. You’re in total control along the way, but the process creates a lot of green waste. This can be composted along with your kitchen food waste; the resulting compost can then be used to nourish the soil.
What’s even better is that you’ll inevitably create more compost than your household and garden needs. So you can pass it onto neighbors’ to use in their gardens.
Community Minded: Gardening Goes Charitable
There is a long history of gardening being a way to put back into the community. In the 1940s, British people were encouraged to grow their own fruit and vegetables to reduce reliance on wartime imports. Even the Royal Family sacrificed their rose family to grow onions.
Before and since, there have always been patches of land where people would grow food crops for common use. This spirit of putting back pervades gardening at all levels. Charitable purposes such as Boy Scouts tending gardens for seniors and the likes of College Fund Landscaping are further examples of this ingrained habit.
Look after the earth and it will look after you and others.
Spread A Little Love: Nothing Is Useless
What you quickly find out when you plant – whatever it is you’re planting – is that it’s all useful. As discussed, the food that you grow can feed you and the others. The waste from your gardening (and your dinner table) can go right back into the food. Additionally, you can help neighbors get on the bandwagon if they show an interest.
If you grow something that turns out well, then take cuttings from it and gift them to friends and family. It costs you nothing – it can even improve the growth of your plants – and gives someone else the chance to gain from it also. What could be more ecological than that?