Gardening goes beyond just a hobby. It’s not just watering and plucking leaves. It’s more than just finding a seed and planting it in the ground. And it’s true that planting your own food can help cut down costs from your monthly grocery budget. But it goes beyond even that. When you decide to make a garden, you don’t just do gardening for yourself. You do gardening for the environment.
Here are some of the reasons why:
Plants Oxygenate The Air
This is Science 101. Plants are essential to our ecosystem because they are the ones that cleanse the air we breathe. Plants absorb the carbon dioxide we release and in return they release the oxygen we need to survive. Trees and plants are the lungs of this world.
Purifying Bodies of Water
Your garden plants can also help in water purification. By having a garden such as a rain garden, you can make use of run-off rain water and prevent harmful substances and pollutants from making it into our bodies of water (e.g. lakes, river, and streams) where we get not only our drinking water, but our other sources of nutrition. The run-off water can be used in reed bed systems for filtering gray water that can be reused around the home and yard, and can even be recycled for consumption purposes.
Having a garden rich in trees and plants has been proven to reduce the effects of noise pollution. Trees and plants absorb these loud sounds making its surrounding free from — or at least have lesser effect — of noise pollution. So if you live near a motorway or road with frequent passing vehicles, it can be a good idea to start this new “green hobby.”
It may just be a small garden with little patches of greens, but it can still be a very important place for wildlife to be. Plants can be both the home and food source of animals and/or insects that no matter how small are still essential to the balance of natural processes and phenomena. Imagine that, simply by planting a garden, you are even helping life thrive, even unconsciously.
Plants Help Regulate the Temperature
There’s a big and significant difference between a barren land and a land that’s filled with plants. In winter, a barren land can be really cold and in the summer it can be very hot. But a landscape with plants (in this case, a garden) can warm your home in the winter and cool it down in the summer. Such is the importance of even a small hobbyist’s garden.
If you don’t have space for your own garden and want to rent a garden plot, check out YardYum! They help you find available garden plots for rent in your neighborhood. Think of this as an extension of the community gardening concept.
So tomorrow when you go out and water your plants, wear a smile knowing that you are actually doing Mother Nature a favor, no matter how small a contribution it may be.