‘The Fun of Gardening’ by Roha Khan


In this era of machines, we find ourselves working tirelessly, surrounded by walls of paper and all sorts of screens, be it laptops, mobile phones, or television screens. Our eyes work, unceasing, making out minute details and sending them to the brain to process; sometimes squinting, sometimes eyes wide.

When, at last, we feel tired, we are hungry for entertainment. So again back to the screens. For many of us entertainment is watching movies or shows, online or on TV, stalking people on Facebook, be it on cell phones or laptops. Even the healthier source of entertainment has found its way onto the screens, that is, eBooks. But what we fail to understand is that the real entertainment lies outside the walls—in the garden.

When you come to think of it, who would like to spend ten minutes taking the dirt out of the nails after spending half an hour sweating in the sun, when you can just hire a gardener. But yes, there are people for home the delight of the exercise ways heavily over its disadvantages.

As soon as you enter the garden, you feel at peace. It can be the soft, green colour of the grass relaxing your eyes, or the songs of the birds calming you down. You might have felt tired moments ago, but now you are fresh and peaceful. New energy courses through you and you are ready to experience the fun of gardening.

We all know that doing something in a pair or in a group makes even the most unbearable jobs enjoyable. Gardening as a family is a lot of fun. It also helps improve relationships, especially with your children. Gardening is a good way to spend time with your children, thus making a happier family.

Gardening is a good lesson in morals. You dig, plant the seeds and water the area. Then you wait. It can be a very slow process so it teaches you patience. When, at last, the plant grows, you take care of it, tend to it, and keep a check on it. This builds a sense of responsibility.

Feeling frustrated? Then why don’t you go out and do some aggressive weeding? It is a good way to work off you irritation. Or do you want to relax? Well then, tranquil watering is waiting for you: slow and calm.

Have people started calling you a couch-potato? Or do you yourself think you need some exercise? If it is so, then thirty minutes doing some digging, planting, watering, weeding, pruning and mulching are enough for you. Along with the exercise, enjoy the benefits of fresh air.

We are all always looking for ways to do some savings. I think a vegetable garden is the best way to put your plans into action. Your garden provides you with a place where you can grow healthier and cheaper food. So why not take advantage of the situation?

Gardening is helpful for the environment; it is what you can do as an individual. Also, a garden helps improve the exterior of your home. You can be creative, by pruning the bushes into exciting shapes. A beautiful garden makes a beautiful home.


About froebelianwriters

I am an English Language teacher teaching O'Levels Edexcel and CIE A Levels at Froebel's International School, Islamabad. I am also working as a Subject Specialist Literacy consultant for the same school. Writing and reading has always been a passion and I try my utmost to instill these habits and hobbies in my students as well. I can be reached/contacted at fabbas227@hotmail.com or 03365287335 Happy reading!

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