Top 10 reasons to grow a garden
A recent survey of gardeners yielded the top 10 reasons people garden, said University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Martha Smith.
The top reason was to grow safe, healthy food. Widely-publicized outbreaks of foodborne illness and a growing awareness about issues such as preservatives and pesticide have driven people to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
Second was gardening for exercise. “Studies show an hour of moderate gardening can burn up to 300 calories for women and almost 400 calories for men,” Smith said. Activities include walking, stretching and lifting weight. Adaptive tools allow people with physical limitations to participate.
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