Gardening is a sensory experience – it pleases the eyes with beauty, the nose with fragrant smells, the hearing with the sounds of birds and breezes, and the body with physical stimulation. Gardening can ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your mood.
Although gardening is considered a hobby by many, it is so much more. Gardening is a source of healthy vegetables, but it also provides physical, psychological, and emotional benefits that save you time and money. Additionally, gardening provides spiritual rewards. Consider the following:
Plants promote a healthy body.
Gardening involves repetitive tasks such as digging, planting, and weeding that requires stretching and strength, low impact exercise. This form of exercise is especially beneficial for those who are older, suffer chronic pain, or have disabilities.
Several studies have shown that gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables than their peers do, probably because homegrown produce simply tastes better.
Plants promote a healthy brain.
The combination of physical and mental activity involved in gardening may have a positive influence on the mind. The energy we use to enjoy nature is termed “involuntary attention” because it is effortless. This type of energy relieves stress because of the rhythms of the natural environment and the repetitive, soothing nature of many gardening tasks.
The sights, smells, and sounds of the garden are said to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
The effortless attention of gardening may even help improve depression symptoms. Studies have shown that those diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, depression, or low moods experience measurable improvement when they garden. A possible reason is the beneficial bacteria found in soil.
Plants help the environment.
Plants provide interior air cleaning. Big, green trees and foliage plants have a positive effect on our working environment by removing low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from offices and homes. Adhesives and construction materials contain gases and fumes and plants remove them.
You can reduce your air conditioning costs by ten percent with shading plants around your air conditioning unit. Mature trees and vines can save an average household between one to two hundred dollars in annual heating and cooling costs.
Plants can earn you Money
If you plan to sell your home, professional landscaping will only cost you about 5% of the value of your home, but increase the resale value by about 15%. Even a few hundred dollars in colorful plants can increase the curb appeal of your home and make it easier to sell. Additionally, excellent landscaping can increase the sales price by four to five percent and can add as much as fourteen percent to the resale value and speed up the sale by as much as six weeks.
How to Get Started
Go to the library or check on-line for ideas and find plants suitable for your area and the space you have available.
Gardeners love to share their experience and many are willing to share cuttings, tubers, or small plants to help you get started.