Time spent in the garden is time well spent.
A well tended garden with well tended lawns, flowers, beds, perhaps a fountain or some statues is an oasis from the hustle and bustle, a place to breath and to feel closer to nature.
Our summer in the UK is too short and our winter too long, so when we get the chance to put out garden furniture, eat outdoors or cook on the barbeque, it is a special moment.
While it is true that a well kept garden can add to the value of your home http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/buildingsandcontent/10058256/How-garden-improvements-can-boost-the-value-of-your-property.html, a garden offers more than just financial benefit.
Busy 21st century lifestyles seem to constantly chip away the time we get for ourselves, the important time we all need to relax and recuperate. A recent survey showed that more than 4 million Britons working over 48 hours per week http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-98342/Britons-working-48-hours-week.html. The rise of the internet and smart phones has also meant that the office is over spilling into our homes, and we spend more time glued to devices rather than interacting with our friends and loved ones.
Gardening is a chance to disconnect from it all and reconnect with nature. There are of course health benefits as well.
Gardening is excellent light exercise, a chance to move around and get up out of our chairs, but in an organic and fun way, without hitting the tread mill in a busy gym.
Since the arrival of organic produce on our supermarket shelves, more and more people are growing their own organic produce. Traditional city allotments are more popular than ever, with long waiting lists in UK cities such as London, Bristol and Edinburgh.
A vegetable garden offers the chance to grow and eat your own fresh organic produce – something that is immensely rewarding, and of course, healthy.
If you are a lapsed gardener thinking of taking it up again, why not get yourself some garden gifts on Find a Present to motivate yourself?