Do you think gardening in boring? You may want to think twice about it.
There are so many health benefits that it is worth it. Maybe you think that you don’t have space to garden. People are getting more and more creative every day about how and where to grow a garden. Even apartment dwellers can come up with novel ways to make it happen. What is your excuse?
Maybe you are not aware of all of the benefits to tending to a garden. Well we are here to give you some of that information.
You could probably guess that there are health benefits to having and growing a garden. Home grown food, where you have control over what goes into the growing process is always going to be better than buying it at the store.
Many people are simply unaware of all of the processing that goes into food. And it is not good for you. You might that vegetables are okay, but think again. It certainly depends on where you get them from, but for the most part the vegetables that you buy at the store are filled with chemicals that are not good for you and take away from the nutritional value of the food.
In order to grow mass amounts of a product, many farmers have to use fertilizers and other chemicals to grow their product. So what you think is good for you is not as good as it could be if you were to grow it yourself.
So of course there are nutritional benefits. What else?
Believe it or not, there are physical and mental benefits to tending to a garden. Our lives are filled with stress. Getting out in nature and benefits your mood more than most people know. It can decrease your cortisol level (this is the hormone that is released when we are under stress).
After a gardening session, we often feel better and less stressed. Breathing in the natural smells, working on something beautiful in a productive manner and knowing that you are producing something is very rewarding.
Gardening can also be a sort of meditative experience. You can be in the moment, focused and not worried about anything else.
Working with your hands and in nature offers something very therapeutic.
You will also benefit from the physical exercise that is associated with gardening. Believe it or not, you can work up a sweat, stretch your body and pump your blood all from tending to your garden.
Your body will move in ways that it doesn’t normally move and this is good for it. Our bodies need to move in different ways. This can help with pain too.
There are some studies that suggest that gardening can help older people fight off dementia. The research on this is not conclusive, but it is positive and worth the effort.
So what are you waiting for? Think you don’t have room? Think again, look online for ideas and get creative. Even a few vegetables to start will be a great start. I think you will find that you will want to continue to grow and grow your garden and you will find more creative ways to make it happen.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
You can also check on Pinterst for some great ideas!