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Sometimes—and this can be especially true for those of us who live in metropolitan areas—it’s easy to forget that, we don’t have to go to the woods, a forest, or a jungle to be near greenery. With things like community gardens, or even a small yard of our own, we can bring the nature to us. And gardening lets you interact with nature in a very unique way that hiking or kayaking simply doesn’t. When you garden, you use your powers to cultivate the life source of this planet—the things that produce oxygen, food, and even habitats for little critters—which is plants and other greenery. On another note, gardening is also good for your health in several ways, both physical and emotional. So, on National Gardening and Exercise Day, here are the benefits of gardening.

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It encourages you to eat healthier

When you garden, you get to see fruits and vegetables in a form you never see them in the grocery store. You see them in their full splendor—sprouting up from the ground or hanging from a tree—and really appreciate their beauty. They look far more appetizing there, than in piles under the florescent lights of the market.

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