In case you haven’t noticed it yet, gardening is becoming cool again. More and more people are planting gardens in their backyards, building vertical ones where space is tight, keeping succulents on their office desks and cactus in their bedrooms.

It’s not surprising. City life is a mad dash of existence; We live in a concrete jungle, deal with the chronic stress of slow-moving traffic and stressful commute, get blind looking at multiple screens all day long, and try be the responsible employee, family member, and friend. Short of the long: We need something more than this city routine.

GMA News Online attended an urban gardening workshop at Cedarhills Garden Center in Quezon City, where we learned the many benefits of gardening. Read them below!

1. It helps you save money on food, while encouraging you to eat better. Many of us want to eat healthy like Erwan, but our cup noodle-budgets just won’t allow it. The answer to the problem: Grow your own food.

This won’t just cut back on expenses but will also help you eat better. Besides, eating vegetables you’ve grown yourself is better than eating store-bought greens: you know where your food comes from (at home!), and what’s in it! Goodbye, fear of fertilizers!

Says Gerald S. Sioco of Cedarhills, lettuce, okra, tomatoes, malunggay, eggplant, and kangkong are among the easiest to grow.

2. It helps fight back stress. How many times have we planned on unplugging from the computer but always find ourselves back on Instagram? It’s a vicious cycle, and one that stresses us out even more.

Perhaps, it’s best to unplug all together and do something completely different from your routine….