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There’s nothing like cooking with fresh, organic produce, but buying these high-quality ingredients can be expensive. Foodies on a budget needn’t do without these prized fruits and vegetables though. Rather than spending up big at the farmers market, why not grow your own?

Having easy access to fresh produce isn’t the only reason to start gardening. It can save you a fortune, even if you don’t normally indulge in the organic stuff. According to the National Gardening Association, $70 worth of plantings typically yields $530 worth of produce. That represents a whopping 650 percent profit!

Eating all that fresh produce is bound to make you healthier, but a ready supply of fruit and vegetables isn’t the only health benefit to gardening. An hour of gardening burns between 200 to 300 calories, depending on your weight. That’s roughly equivalent to an hour walking. Which would you rather do? The average gardener spends five hours every week tending their plants, which amounts to around 1250 calories burned. Spend time in your garden and you can afford to indulge in an extra piece of cake!

Gardeners also tend to be happier. A poll from the U.K.’s Gardeners’ World reported that 80 percent of gardeners are satisfied with their lives, compared to just 67 percent of non-gardeners.

The old saying goes that no matter what you want to do, there’s an app for that. That certainly holds true for gardening. Apps loaded on to high-definition mobile devices from Samsung make it easier to design your garden beds, discover when to tend your plants, and identify your crops, especially if you’re on a reliable network like T-Mobile.

Gardening apps are also becoming more sophisticated. New apps with sensors can monitor your plants and ensure you’re watering efficiently.

If you’d like to learn more about the best gardening apps, make sure you check out the infographic below.

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