Gardening in Retirement

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One of the greatest benefits of retirement is finally being to enjoy the hobbies that you have always dreamed about doing but never had the time. A favorite hobby for many retirees is organic gardening. You don’t have to be a professional botanist to start your own green garden; you just have to be a little patient, attentive and willing to get a little dirty.

One of the greatest benefits of retirement is finally being to enjoy the hobbies that you have always dreamed about doing but never had the time. A favorite hobby for many retirees is organic gardening. You don’t have to be a professional botanist to start your own green garden; you just have to be a little patient, attentive and willing to get a little dirty.

Green gardening can have numerous benefits on the mind, body and soul. Besides the meditative features organic gardening provides, eating organic fruits and vegetables can help prevent diseases that have been linked to some pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. This is not to mention the money you’ll save or the numerous benefits organic gardening provides for our environment. We’ll take a look at all the positive benefits green gardening can have on you and your environment.

 

Green Gardening: Nourishment for your Mind, Body and Soul

Organic gardening provides more than just nourishment for your body. It provides nourishment for your mind and soul as well. Green gardening requires you to use your creativity and intellect. You need to take the time to plan the layout of your garden as well as research the many types of plants and vegetables you’ll want to plant. In addition, taking the time to meticulously plant your seeds and cultivate them from start to finish provides excellent meditative qualities. Green gardening allows you to focus on the task at hand while letting the stresses from daily life subside and be forgotten for awhile. Gardening also allows you to connect to people. Your neighbors will want to stop by to see what kind of veggies and flowers you’ve planted and will probably stop by again later for a free sample once it’s time for harvesting.

Speaking of harvesting; let’s eat. Organic fruits and vegetables taste great. Well balanced soil produces healthy plants that taste better than the massed produced crops that you find at your local grocery store. In addition, eating organic reduces the health risks linked to certain pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that contain dangerous, disease causing chemicals. Green gardening has an endless amount of beneficial qualities; too many to mention. However, once you get started on growing your own organic garden, you’ll soon realize how good you feel inside and out.

 

Organic Gardening: Good for You, Good for the Earth

So, now that you’re a new, healthy and happy green gardener, let’s take a look at some of the benefits growing an organic garden has on our environment.

Organic Gardening protects our water:
By planting pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, no harmful pollutants can be passed on to our water resources.

Organic Gardening promotes healthy soil:
Soil is the foundation of our food chain. A healthy soil restores balance to nature and allows healthy nutrients to be passed along to us.

Organic Gardening promotes biodiversity:
The extinction of different types of plant and vegetable species is a pressing concern for our environment. Fortunately, green gardeners have been collecting and preserving seeds and growing a variety of unusual species for years.

Organic Gardening – More than just foods:
Recently organic, non-food products have begun to be cultivated such as cotton and other materials.

It would be impossible to list all of the benefits green gardening has on our environment, but by starting your own green garden, you will be part of a restoration that brings balance and harmony back to nature.

Melissa Rubin is a senior copywriter and Web developer at OTO Networks, a digital marketing company located in Baltimore, Maryland. Her primary responsibilities include SEO, link building and creating content for multiple sites. A preview of a site on which she has worked, http://www.agreenretirement.com, is available with this article.

 

 
 
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