Ultimate Guide to Gardening

Dr. Mercola's Tips on How to Successfully Grow Your Own Garden

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Gardening Helps Create a More Sustainable Global Food System

This is perhaps one of the most important reasons why I encourage people to engage in gardening. Growing your own food not only saves you money and improves your diet, but it also:

  • Enhances and protects precious topsoil
  • Encourages composting, which can be used to feed and nourish your plants
  • Minimizes your exposure to synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and other toxins
  • Promotes biodiversity by creating a natural habitat for animals, birds, insects and other living organisms

Gardening can also be a form of exercise that improves your mood, fitness level and sense of well-being. One survey conducted by Gardeners' World magazine revealed that 80 percent of gardeners claim that they are "happy" and satisfied with their lives, compared to just 67 percent of nongardeners.

Growing Your Own Food Has Never Been This Easy — Or Fun!

Perhaps the biggest challenge of gardening is getting started: How do you select the best types of plants to grow? What's the best way to care for them and ensure that they thrive? How will you protect them from pests and other elements?

To make it easy for you, I've put together some helpful resources on gardening. Whether you're seeking tips on how to grow vegetables, fruits or herbs and spices, or if you're just curious about gardening hacks that will make the process much easier, I've got just what you need.

For example, here's a helpful infographic on knowing the right amount of sunlight for your garden — you'll find more tips like this when you read these pages!

Gardening Infographic

I invite you to read these articles today. Go outside in the fresh air and sunshine and start creating your own garden. It's an investment you will not regret!