Various research and surveys show a long list of advantages of cultivating the garden. Here are 7 of the best ones:

1. Active garden farmers live 16-27% longer than couch potatoes according to research from The Danish Cancer Society.

2. Active gardening burns 330 calories an hour and will make people less overweight than their non-active neighbors.


3. Active garden farmers eat healthier with more fruit and vegetables than non-gardeners. And as a bonus they get to decide not to use pesticides.


4. Active gardeners have access to fresh and tasty vegetables, fruit and berries. Handpicked food matured in sun and soil taste better than industrial grown food matured in cooling containers.

5. Active garden farmers can save more than 130 euro for every 7 euro they spend on seeds. It is easy to grow crispy lettuce for less than 2 cents apiece.

6. Active garden farmers are more exposed to daylight and produce more serotonin, which help rising your mood and make you happier.

7. Active garden farmers are less stressed than people without gardens. Research shows that even half an hour of garden work reduces the stress hormone cortisol in the body.

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