The Benefits of Gardening

Benefits of gardening
Benefits of gardening

The Benefits of Gardening

Gardening is increasing in popularity, from wanting to give our homes more curb appeal to wanting to grow our own produce in our backyards, more and more people have caught the gardening bug. Gardening has so many benefits, beyond just making your home beautiful, it is beneficial to our minds, body and soul.

 

So one might wonder, what benefits does gardening offer to us?

 

Gardening is therapeutic; in fact it is often used in rehabilitation for those with brain injuries and with those with depression.

 

Gardening stimulates our senses helping to keep us alert and on our toes. How does gardening touches on all our five senses?

 

Gardening is a great form of exercise. Many of the tasks done while garden help you to stretch and strengthen muscle groups you don’t normally use while sitting at a desk job.

 

Gardening helps reduce stress. In today’s society where everyone is on the go all the time, spending as little as half an hour in the garden has been proven to lower Cortisol levels and leave people feeling more relaxed.

 

Gardening gives you your daily dose of Vitamin D. We all know that the sun is nature’s way of giving us free Vitamin D, and what better way to get it than by gardening!

 

Gardening is satisfying! Gardening has a great end result, whether it is the fresh produce produced from your very own vegetable garden or the wonder floral display from your perennial garden, you will have the satisfaction of a job well done!

 

Gardening allows you to grow your own fruits and vegetables! Recently seed sales for vegetable gardens have exceeded those for flowers proving that people like to grow their own food.

 

Gardening is a great activity to do with your children. Studies have shown that children who garden take a keener interest in trying the fruits and vegetables they grow!

 

Speaking of children, gardening is a great family activity! Gardening is an activity that anyone in the family can participate in from the youngest in the family to the oldest, making it something that can be shared across the generations! Gardening is an excellent way to build family memories!

 

Gardening has many benefits beyond its beauty and bounty. From spending time together to reducing the stress of the work week, gardening will bring you joy and smiles for years to come!

 

Words by Jodi Munshaw – Certified Landscape Designer

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