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Planting a garden is believing in tomorrow

Since I was an elementary school student, my mother trained me to go in the garden every three days a week to plant any kind of vegetable and to pick some weeds in the garden. Until now, that I'm in college, she's still inviting me to go in the garden to help my father. Because my father is hardworking and a farmer. In gardening, we can find our daily needs. Especially in financial needs.

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My mother and father have no degree; they cannot even finish an elementary school because of their financial needs. That is why my father is a farmer, and my mother is the right hand of my father's work. While I'm helping my parents, I can see that life is hard, but I did not give up every time I saw my parents' eagerness to work hard for me, to give me a bright future someday.

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We are just a simple family and live together.

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I have three brothers.

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I have three sisters, including me.

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In planting vegetables, we can harvest them for our daily lives. This is our work together with our parents since we were children, and until now, because we are still studying, that's why this is our temporary work, and God always provides what we need.

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To change for a while, these are the benefits of gardening:
1. It's good for your health. The health benefits of gardening have been well documented. Being outside increases your exposure to Vitamin D, and the weight-bearing exercise of gardening is good for bones and the heart.

2. It boosts your mood. I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little bit more cheery after a round of weeding or a half-hour or more spent planting or harvesting. It turns out it’s in the dirt.

3. Gardens matter for the planet. As more wild areas are disrupted for development, gardens become important places for water to be filtered or carbon to be sequestered by trees.

4. Gardens matter for kids. We know this from our Garden-in-a-Box program. When children are given a chance to grow their own food, they feel a great sense of accomplishment.

5. It connects you to nature. As humans, we need that connection for our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Gardens really do matter.

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One of my favorite ways to relieve stress is by planting vegetables. I felt relieved, especially when I saw my plants and vegetables growing in a fresh and healthy way.

© 2022 Marie Joy Pollo Olantigue

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