As gardening continues to make its comeback, people are getting used to the obvious benefits, like thriving farm markets, farm-to-table restaurants and a boost in backyard bee populations.
But there are even richer paybacks for those willing to get their hands a little dirty, even if it’s just with container plants on their patio, said Meghan Jados, a registered dietitian at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital.
Just over one in three Americans grow some kind of food, according to the National Gardening Association, the highest level in decades.
Many of them are health and eco-conscious millennials like Jados, who are embracing gardens in record numbers.
“We moved into a new house about five years ago on 3 acres,” she said. “The previous owners had a huge garden and had already done much of the work.