Do you yearn to get outside more each year in the sunshine and breeze to listen to the birds chirping away, get some outdoor exercise, or take in the surrounding sights with friends? Gardening is an activity that embodies all such things – and more!
Out in the garden, there are so many benefits to take advantage of, from exercise and stress relief to gaining a sense of nurturing and responsibility, and making a difference in the outer community. Find out how to maximize the gardening experience, and learn some of the great benefits to expect from spending time in the garden.
Dig Into These 7 Health Benefits of Gardening
If someone told you there was a low-impact activity that could do right outside your door to soothe the spirit, increase coordination, boost self-esteem, and positively impact the brain, wouldn’t you be interested? It turns out gardening positively impacts wellness in these and other ways. Check out some of the benefits:
- It relieves stress. Gardening can lower cortisol levels that cause stress and increase blood pressure. It also increases serotonin, which helps people feel happy.
- Friendly bacteria in the soil can boost immunity. It may particularly help against asthma.
- Planting provides great exercise. It is low-impact and can be comfortable work with the right padding or protective gear, but it takes energy, and the elements can make it more challenging.
- It involves hand-eye coordination and sensory intake. Both of these factors can positively affect cognition.
- It presents opportunities for a sense of community. Socializing among friends while gardening can be so much fun.
- Outside activity results. For some, gardening is the best reason to head outside and enjoy the sunshine and the environment (albeit with proper sun protection).
- It is an ongoing activity that can extend beyond the garden for learning. Why not make predictions for when plants may sprout up and see who comes closest? Or learn about what to grow when and where, and share those techniques,
5 Benefits of Gardening for the Environment
Gardening benefits the environment as well as gardeners, and no act is too small toward making our world a better place. Many communities have local garden groups, as well as community gardens to help broaden the scale of environmental benefits. Still, you may be asking, how does work in a single garden factor into the big picture?
- It can help with pollution. In large-scale harvesting of fruits and vegetables, pollution typically results. The transportation of those goods also causes pollution. It may seem a small step, but gardening at one’s home or in the community influences the big picture.
- It can reduce the size of landfills. This is possible when people compost garden waste rather than sending everything to the landfill when it’s gone bad.
- Plants in the garden take in CO2 and release oxygen, improving air quality.
- It helps local habitats of insects and animals which play important roles in our environment (like bees pollinating).
- Plants and mulch can hold soil in place and reduce erosion, and keep sediment out of waterways, drains, and roads.
Make It a Date!
This Spring and Summer, change up your usual plans and invite friends to give gardening a try with you. Gardening is one of those activities that can be done independently within a group! It is perfect for those who like to spend time with others and work independently toward a common goal. There is an added benefit to spending time with others in the garden, too: Engaging in social groups positively impacts health and wellness.
Time to Grow & Glow!
Now that you know many of the benefits the garden can bring, it’s time to embark on the fun parts: deciding what plants to grow, where to grow them, and getting out there in the dirt. Growing vegetables reaps rewards aplenty by providing healthy dietary additions, and planting flowers does wonders for mood! Regardless of what you choose or how bountiful the harvest, take solace and pride in the magic the gardening process brings.
Are you one to dig up a bed come Spring? Let us know your favorite things about gardening in the comments section below.