Six Relevant Benefits Of Gardening That May Change Your Perspective

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

Have you ever wondered why you suddenly feel great after a gardening session? Or has it ever crossed your mind why your grandparents can’t seem to stop gardening once they’ve started and seem to be overjoyed? It’s indeed undeniable that spending time in the garden gives us that unexplainable feeling of happiness and relief. Not to mention, the combination of colors of the flowers and plants are just incredibly beautiful to the eyes. Certainly, a time spent with nature is a time worth remembering.

Furthermore, you don’t have to go out and find expensive restaurants just to spend quality time with friends or family over a meal. If you have a garden, you can simply grow fresh and organic produce which is the best ingredient any dish ever cooked. Plus, the ambiance is relaxing and draws positive vibes.

Moreover, gardening provides more than adding beauty to your yard. Your labor of love in gardening have six relevant benefits that may surprise you.

 

1. Relieves Stresslandscaping step

According to studies conducted by Wageningen University and Research Center, gardening plays a crucial role in reducing stress levels. Cortisol, the stress hormone, greatly influences mood, causing irritability, headaches, stomach aches, and heart attacks while worsening pre-existing conditions. Hence, once Cortisol level is reduced, stress levels lessen as well. Not only that, it can also reduce pain, improve attention and boost self-esteem. Imagine doing it every day and the advantages that you can get out of it.

 

2. Promotes Brain Health

brainhealthOne of the most threatening brain diseases is dementia. This disease mostly affects older adults and targets their memory. Good thing is, researchers found daily gardening to represent the single biggest risk reduction for dementia, reducing incidence by 36%. They further explain that activities involved in gardening including strength, endurance, dexterity, learning, problem solving, and sensory awareness promotes brain health. The more our brain gets into action, the better its health is.

 

3. Immunity Booster

garden-soilYour garden’s dirt isn’t so bad after all – in fact, it can even help you in ways you can never imagine. The dirt you’ve been working on contains Mycobacterium vaccae, a friendly garden bacteria (also an antidepressant) which relieves symptoms of immune system illnesses such as psoriasis, allergies, and asthma. This bacteria boosts the production of serotonin which is responsible for maintaining mood balance and helps reduce the risk of depression.

 

4. Improves Mental Health

gardening and mental healthResearch reveals that spending time with nature helps prevent mental disorder, such as depression, and promotes mental health. The growing field of “horticultural therapy” has shown proven results for patients with depression and other mental illnesses. Experts on this field also explain that a combination of physical activity, awareness of natural surroundings, cognitive stimulation and the satisfaction of the work is the main key to nourishing all the senses and improve overall brain function.

 

5. Stimulates Heart Health

heart-healthDid you know that gardening is a good exercise? Yes, it is, in fact, a form of moderate-intensity exercise and at least 2 hours of doing it every week can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack according to a Stockholm study. Plus, your exposure to the sun activates Vitamin D which also reduces risks of heart attack as research revealed. It also shows significant benefits in helping lower cholesterol and blood pressure which are two of the most common causes of heart diseases.

 

6. Adds Property Value

gardening and property valueNow, gardening isn’t only beneficial for your health but as well as real estate. Gardening and landscaping is actually a form of investment. A well-designed and beautifully organized yard or garden can add “curb appeal” to your house and in turn increase the overall value of your home. Most people who plan to sell their homes consider landscaping and gardening as one of the most important renovations to do since it can help sell a property faster.
So, the next time people ask you, why you love spending time gardening, you know very well what to answer. More likely, there’s no reason or person to stop you from doing so. Think about it, every time you do your gardening tasks, you’re receiving Mother Nature’s benefits in ways you didn’t expect. Plus, the holiday season is coming, better get those produce ready for harvest and invite friends and family over for dinner. It’ll be certainly a night to remember!

Basic Gardening Guide: 5 Easy Tips For Beginners

Back when you were a kid, did you have gardening lessons or classes at school? Or did you spend a lot of time in the backyard garden with grandma? Well, back the days, gardening as we thought, is only about digging, planting and watering. The fact is, it’s way more than that because there are a lot of factors that needs to be considered in gardening, but it’s not that complicated. Most people would say that gardening is only meant for those with “green thumb” or people who were gifted with the ability to grow plants well. Let me tell you this, that statement is not entirely true. Even you, a beginner could be good at it.

Furthermore, as a beginner, I understand that you have that excitement deep within you before you start worrying about what would happen or what could possibly go wrong, you better start learning the basics. Gradually, you’ll get a hang of it and you could move on to the advanced steps or level of gardening. Here are five easy tips for beginners like you to think about.

 

1. Determine Your Region And Soil

garden soilDo you know your region? If yes, then that’s good, otherwise, you seriously have to know it. Determining the region you live in and the soil type in your area are the major rules of gardening. It’s paramount that before you start digging and planting, you already have information about it. The type of plants that you can grow is influenced by the region you live in and the type of soil in your backyard will promote the growth of the plants. Aside from that, you have to be familiar with the climate in your region in order for you to gain knowledge of which plants are guaranteed to flourish with the least maintenance on your part.

If uncertain, feel free to visit the local plant centers in your area and ask for additional guidance as well as expert advice.

 

2. Start With Low Maintenance Plants

Purple Prince Butterfly BushIn as much as you want to grow roses and tulips in your garden, it’s better to start with low maintenance plants. Why? It is because these plants are easier to grow and they don’t easily die or whither. As a beginner, it’s essential for you to start with low maintenance plants in order to harness your skills as a beginner and it’ll help you save money. Find low maintenance plants that grow well in your area and consider tip #1 before you make a choice.

Examples of these plants are Quartz Rose Verbena, Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce, Blue Lyme Grass, and Purple Prince Butterfly Bush.

 

3. Take Watering Seriously

watering in gardenAfter you have chosen your plants, it’s important that you take watering seriously. If you don’t do it right, it will be the end of your garden even for plants that are easy to grow. For gardening beginners, this task should be done consistently and at the correct time. Also, if you’re going to water your plants in the morning, it’s best to do it before the sun comes up too bright in order for them to absorb the water in an adequate manner. Proper watering conserves resources and time. To be sure, you have to learn the proper way of watering your plants by reading horticulture articles, surfing the internet, and asking local plant centers.

 

4. Soil Nourishment

soil nourishmentNow, water isn’t the only nutrient that your plants need in order to thrive. It also needs a nutrient-rich soil which can be achieved through proper fertilizing. Fertilizers can either be natural or store-bought, and organic compost is way better and cheaper. Stick to household manure for compost and organically grown plants and create a bin to pile them up. You have to remember one thing about fertilizing your soil: don’t overdo or underdo it. The amount of fertilizer also depends on the type pf plans and soil type.

 

5. Patience Is A Virtue

gardening beginnerAmong the tips that we’ve mentioned, this is probably the most important thing that a beginner should possess is PATIENCE. Yes, a ton of patience is really needed. Gardening is a slow process and it can take a toll on your patience. You will encounter a lot of challenges along the way but no not overwater and fuss too much if plants do not grow as expected in a short frame of time. Be patient and it’ll be all worth it in the end.

 

See? Learning how to garden properly isn’t that hard. You just ought to start it in the right way and ultimately, you’ll be gardening like a pro. Start small, take it slow, and take one step at a time, certainly, the results will be as interesting as you hoped it would be. Imagine yourself surrounded by beautiful and colorful flowers, the green grass sitting under your feet and the autumn breeze that kisses your cheek – such a fantastic experience. Indeed, home is where the heart is, and if you have a garden, you’d have more reasons to stay and relax.