7 Benefits of Gardening
Getting busy in the garden is so rewarding, and not only for the blooming flowers, and yummy fruits and vegetables that you grow. There are so many benefits to gardening, including your health! So yes, gardening is good for you!
As this year comes to a close, we tend to reflect and perhaps see what new goals and resolutions we want to set for the new year! We here at Florissa have made a list of 7 benefits to getting in the garden, and reasons why we’re making gardening a priority this coming year!
Gardening is good exercise
While gardening you are constantly moving. From carrying plants to digging in the soil, it can be quite the workout! Believe it or not, weeding is actually beneficial for your heart health! Physical activity while working in the garden burns calories and strengthens your heart! Best of all, it doesn’t even feel like exercise! So next time you break a sweat planting your garden, be proud of what you’re doing for your body!
Helping our pollinator friends
Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds need food just like we do! Adding plants that pollinators love is a great way to help our pollinator friends. Perennials like Lavender, Sedum, and Echinacea are all loved by pollinators. So, you may wonder why should we be conscious about planting pollinator plants. Well, pollinators not only feed off of our flowers but pollinate your blooms so they produce fruits and seeds, as well as support other wildlife who eat plants to stay strong and healthy! Help your ecosystem stay strong, by thinking of the pollinators who may use your plants to survive!
Grow what you eat
Nothing feels better than picking fruits and veggies from the garden, plus more times than not, what you’re growing is also very nutritious! Having fresh food from your garden can inspire you to make fresh dishes, baking, and snacks leading to a healthier and balanced diet. You will not only feel great and energized, but proud of the crops you harvested and worked hard for! Plus, who doesn’t love snacking on fresh berries from the garden on a sunny summer day?
Gardening benefits your mental health
Gardening might be just the thing you need to help you feel better! Research has shown that gardening can help reduce stress and anxiety. It’s also a great way to clear your mind and focus on something productive, instead of all the negative thoughts that may be swirling in your head. Gardening is said to be therapy for the soul. Just being surrounded by nature and the natural elements can put you more at ease, which can lead to feelings of peace! Sometimes when everything is too busy, it can be helpful to go into the garden, and let your worries fade away!
Connecting with family and friends
Whether you garden with family, and friends, or at a community garden patch, it can be a great way to connect with those around you, and those who have similar interests as you! Gardening with others can be so much more fun, and it’s a great opportunity to share garden tips, inspiration, and a good chat.
Empowerment in the garden
Getting busy in the garden can help you encourage self-care, boost your self-esteem, and create confidence. You can feel a sense of self-empowerment in your own little garden while growing crops that will feed your family, friends, and community around you. Growing beautiful blooms that will put smiles on faces and bring memories of good times shared together. Empowerment can be found especially when participating in community gardens,
Lifting plants, dumping wheelbarrows, and pruning all help strengthen your muscles. No need for the gym, when you’ve got your own gym within the garden! There are often a lot of precise movements that you do when gardening like weeding or pruning those thorny rose bushes – this helps build hand strength and dexterity!
Gardening is such a fun and rewarding hobby, and it’s even more gratifying knowing that you are investing in your health and well-being. The physical, mental, and emotional benefits gardeners experience from growing their own garden are worth the time and effort. Plus, every garden project is unique to each person – so there are endless possibilities for creativity! So grab a trowel and get started on something new!