Top Ten Reasons for Urban Gardening
10 - Rewarding exercise. Gardening keeps you active and outside in the fresh (somewhat) air. Tasks, like digging, wheelbarrowing, and weeding, burn calories and tire muscles
9 - Recreation and social networking. Gardening is the #1 hobby in America. Gatherings of gardeners are always full of good people.
8 - Aesthetic beautification. A garden in a blighted urban area is like a beacon of hope. Even in upscale areas, a colorful container or parkway planting can bring a smile to a neighborŐs face.
7 - Increases property value. Proper landscaping has been shown to increase home value by up to 10%.
6 - Plentiful cutflowers. Urban gardens can provide months of gorgeous, fragrant cutflowers for centerpieces and displays.
5 - Nutrition and taste. Nothing beats the flavor of your homegrown tomato or sweet potato. And because itŐs fresh from the garden, the produce will have higher levels of nutrients.
4 - Replaces boring turfs. Installing a garden in turf reduces the amount of monotonous lawn maintenance.
3 - Environmental benefits, like: wind breaks, passive solar heating, air filtration, flood control, etc.
2 - Improves the urban habitat for wildlife. Urban gardens offer food and shelter to butterflies, bees, songbirds, and host of others.
1 - Gardening and Greening are God's work. The feeling of oneness with nature offers a greater understanding, appreciation, and respect for the world that we are blessed to inhabit.