Ultimate Guide to Gardening
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
This is perhaps one of the most important reasons why I encourage people to engage in gardening. Growing your own food not only saves you money and improves your diet, but it also:
Enhances and protects precious topsoil
Encourages composting, which can be used to feed and nourish your plants
Minimizes your exposure to synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and other toxins
Promotes biodiversity by creating a natural habitat for animals, birds, insects and other living organisms
Gardening can also be a form of exercise that improves your mood, fitness level and sense of well-being. One survey conducted by Gardeners' World magazine revealed that 80 percent of gardeners claim that they are "happy" and satisfied with their lives, compared to just 67 percent of nongardeners.