Gardening is one of humankind’s oldest practices, yet we seem to have lost the essence of this practice in the modern world. It is a given that growing your own veggies and fruits will improve your diet, but gardening also has a number of other physical and psychological benefits that will get you wanting to plant those seeds right away.
Gardening can significantly reduce feelings of stress and anxiety because it helps you to be present, and being outside tends to make you feel lighter. Gardening can also help to keep you active, thus reducing stress levels, which in turn means that it can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other associated lifestyle diseases.
In the world in which we live, we also tend to be disconnected from nature in the everyday. Gardening allows us to reconnect to nature through literally caring for the earth. Another benefit is that nurturing plants can also help you to combat depression because it provides a creative outlet and similarly nurtures a sense of pride and accomplishment (not to mention that you’ll save money by not having to buy fresh produce)! Time physically spent in nature has been proven to alleviate feelings of depression, anxiety and hyperactivity (Gill, 2011).
Gardening can also help to decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s because it thoroughly stimulates the mind and the body. Spending time in your garden can even help you to sleep better, not only because it relieves stress and anxiety (thus aiding deeper sleep), but also because it is physically exerting in a wonderfully fulfilling way.
So are you ready to get your hands dirty, while keeping your mind and body healthy through gardening? Check out the steps and link below to get started:
- Plan: First think about what you want to grow, how much space you have and need and how much time you can devote to your garden.
- Do some research: read up about what you want to plant and get advice from those who know more about it.
- Invest in basic garden tools: buy or borrow sturdy gardening tools that will last you through many seasons. Don’t risk giving up because your tools are poor quality!
- Consider the elements: water and sunlight are essential for growing any plants, consider what the elements are like around you and plan accordingly.
- Soil prep: veggies and fruits need rich, organic soil to flourish, so invest in a soil-test kit (or get advice from someone who knows about soil PH) to determine your soil’s PH levels and then you can start to prepare it accordingly.
- Start small: decide what you want to plant and how much space you’ll need to do so. Then draw up a sketch of your garden plan and get planting!
For more information on how to get started, check out the informative ‘Jane’s Delicious Garden’ website below: